Of Interest

The battle for the bypass

It's not much of an Exaggeration to to
say that the Society saved Spalding. What the bombs failed to do in wartime the County Council and Urban District Council were set to do in 1966 – i.e. lay waste the town centre. 

Lutyens's Best

Britain's Most Famous Architect a hundred years ago was Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944). He designed Castle Drago in Devon and many country houses in the heyday of Edwardian country house building. After the First World War he designed our best-known war memorials, such as the Cenotaph in Whitehall and the massive memorial in Thiepval, Northern France, to those who died in the Battle of the Somme. He also designed more modest memorials, such as ours in Ayscoughfee Gardens.

A charm of Chimneys

Spalding has a wealth of interesting chimneys – particularly in what has been called “the town’s first housing estate”, developed during late Victorian and Edwardian years to the west of the centre. If only we looked up from our smart phones or litter-strewn pavements.……

The Hiring Fair

Spruced and sprigged as best they could, farm-hands and domestics would crowd into Spalding on the day in May appointed for the annual Statutes or Hiring Fair.

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