Spalding & Around Through Time
Known as the Heart of the Fens, Spalding is a picturesque town set on the River Welland surrounded by rolling farmlands and fields of flowers. Now a market town, Spalding began as a division town of the fens and marshes of East Anglia, and was founded at the point where a road ran over the low country to the Wash. Spalding has long been famous for being a centre of the bulb industry, and thousands visited each year to see bucketfuls of colourful spring flower heads decorating the town during its annual Spalding Flower Parade until the final one in 2013. The area’s rich, silty soil has also lead to a thriving vegetable industry, and the town exports its produce all over the country. Spalding is also believed to be the home of the Lincolnshire sausage and was the first place where barcodes were used. Using a fascinating selection of old and new photographs, Spalding Through Time takes a look at how the town has developed over the past century.
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Abbey Albion Street archive photograph Ayscoughfee Hall bank brewery buildings Broad Street century Chain Bridge Forge converted corner Coronation Channel cottages Cowbit Road Crowland demolished during road Dinham’s Bridge Drainage early entrance fens flood flower Fulney church garden Geoff Dodd Haverfield House High Bridge High Street HMS Taku Holbeach Holbeach railway line Holyrood House John Grundy Keith Seaton Lincoln London Road Market Place Mary & St mill modern photograph º º photograph shows Pinchbeck postcard public house Queen Victoria’s railway line bridge removed renovation replaced River Welland riverbank road improvements Road This photograph Road to Cowbit Roy Harrison Second World Second World War seen shops South Holland Spalding Gentlemen’s Society Spalding priory Spalding Urban District St Nicholas stone bridge Taku footbridge tidal River Welland tower town town’s traffic Tulip Parade Float upstream vessels Victoria Bridge wall warehouse water fountain Welland Hall Westbourne House Westlode William Stapleton Royce Winsover Road