The Green Man Inn

Blankney Heath

The Green Man Inn, Present Day

The Green Man Inn, (present day)

The Green Man Inn, which stands on the A15 at its minor junction with the Green Man Lane (to Navenby), is now a private dwelling with an interesting past.

In days gone by it was a staging post for travellers moving between Lincoln and London. Also it is thought it was used as a Court Room in days gone by.

This description was taken from the “Gentlemans’ Magazine of 1786 (p.837).

The LINCOLN CLUB, GREEN MAN INN, BLANKNEY

The Green Man is a small inn, eight miles from Lincoln, on the London road, is situated in the parish of Blankney, and belongs to Charles Chaplin, of Blankney Esq.

The Green Man Inn, Blankney Heath

The Green Man Inn, 1870

From the sign which represents a man dressed in a suit of green, one should suppose that it was originally kept by a servant of the family, probably the gamekeeper or huntsman, and thence derived the appellation of The Green Man.

About the year 1741, the club room, 30 feet by 18, with lodging-rooms and garrets, were added by Thomas Chaplin, Esq., and a bowling-green and summer-house were placed contiguous thereto.

The busts of the principal members of the club (cast in plaster) with the arms and names of each painted on an escutcheon, within a medallion, are as follows:-

A bust within a name or arms. Eight medallions without busts or names.

The Lincoln Races were held near this inn till 1771; the Chaplin colours being Green and Red.

The inn was kept by Charles Bott, Victualler.

The Green Man was a meet for the Blankney hounds which King Edward, then Prince of Wales, attended March 1st, 1870 ; the Illustrated London News of March 12th had a full page picture of the Meet on p.81.

Can you Help?

This article raises some questions about the fate of the Green Man. Perhaps you can help?

If you can help with any of the above questions then please contact local historian, Pete Ford