The fox, the hare, the eel, the pike
South Holland bred in field and dyke
On fenland soil I trod my way
On fenland soil I lived my days                                      

– Danny Pedler

We want to hear your stories about where you live. What makes your area special to you? What are your most significant places? Who are the local characters? Do you know any local stories or legends? Do you know any local songs? 

As part of the project ‘Field & Dyke: Your Fenland Stories’, historian and musician Danny Pedler will be touring South Holland with the mobile library in September, playing folk songs and tunes from South Lincolnshire. He will be collecting memories, anecdotes and tales from our local area which will go on to inspire future Transported arts projects. The sessions are informal – if you have something to share, then just drop in to see him, or come along and listen! We want to capture as many Fenland Stories as we can, even if it’s just how you feel about the Fens.

Danny says: “I have always been interested in the history of the fens, they hold a certain mystery due to their long unrecorded history. The history we do know is laced with strange happenings, curious local traditions and we constantly hear whisperings of lost treasure and bog spirits. I want to capture people’s versions of these stories, their connections to the landscape and feelings about where they live so we can colour in the black and white history books with people’s unique life experiences.”

Danny will be on the mobile library on the following days:

Thursday 7 September

10.30am Pinchbeck West, School

11.45am Pinchbeck West, Post Office

2pm Deeping St Nicholas, Chapel Road

Wednesday 13 September

10am Moulton Seas End, Village Hall, Seas End Road

10.45am Moulton, Westmorland Road

12.15pm Moulton, Village Green

1.30pm Whaplode, Irby Crescent

2.30pm Tydd St Mary, Rectory Road

Thursday 14 September

10.15am Shepeau Stow, outside School, Dowsdale Bank

11am Whaplode Drove, Broadgate

11.45am Holbeach Drove, St Policarps Drive

1pm Gedney Hill, Post Office, Hillgate Road

2pm Sutton St Edmunds, Village Hall

Friday 15 September

10am Gosberton, Field Close

10.35am Gosberton, Godfrey Avenue

11.30am Gosberton Risegate, Five Bells, Siltside

12.30pm Surfleet, Coalbeach Lane

1.45pm Quadring, Layby on Main Road

Monday 18 September

10.15am Fosdyke, Village Hall, Old Main Road

11am Algarkirk, Lee Avenue

11.45am South Sutterton, near School Park Avenue

12.30pm Sutterton, Glebe Way

Thursday 21 September

10.30am Moulton Chapel, Fen Gate

11.15am Cowbit, Barrier Bank

12pm Cowbit Fen, Milfoil Lane

1.30pm Cowbit Wash, Fen Lane End

2.15pm Weston Hills, Village Hall Broadgate

Wednesday 27 September

10.15am Dawsmere, Old School House, Church Street

11am Lutton, Jolly Crispin Public House, Marriots Gate

12.15pm Gedney Dyke, Roman Way

1.45pm Saracens Head, Saracens Head Public House

Thursday 28 September

10.30am Holbeach St Marks, Laurels Cottage, St Marks Road

12pm Fleet Hargate, Hargate Close

1.45pm Gedney St Francis, North Bank

2.45pm South Gedney, The Church

The project is in partnership with Greenwich Leisure, South Holland Centre and South Holland District Council. For more details on this project, please contact Danny on 07598 212658 or