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Spalding History in a timeline


The purpose of the timeline is record notable dates in history for South Holland and its people. It will also link to resources held within this website and where possible external resources.

In the Domesday Book Survey of 1086, Earl Algar and Ivo Talbois held Spalding. The latter was Lord of Spalding, and nephew of William the Conqueror. Before being granted Spalding, his domains were in Angers, in Calvados, Normandy. He became the Sheriff of Lincoln, which he ruled with much pomp from his Castle at Spalding. The Lord of Spalding’s dispute with the monks of Crowland which erupted in 1070 was continued by his successors until the 15th century. Lord Spalding had many other lands in the north, particularly in Lancashire and Westmorland.

The Spalding Name

The Spalding family originated in Flanders, the origin of many East Anglians of Britain. The surname Spalding appeared quite early in English history derived from the town of Spalding in Lincolnshire.

The first written record concerning Spalding was a charter issued in 716 A.D. by King Athelbald to the monks of Crowland Abbey. Another charter written in 868 A.D. referred to Spaldelying.

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. “Yng” is a Celtic word for fen or low meadow-land. Spalding was one of the Saxon divisions of the county known as “the Spalda.” The Saxon suffix “ing” from the Teutonic “ingoz” denotes sons of a family or tribe, thus, the people who lived in Spalding were known as the “Spaldingas” or the Spalding tribe. In the doomsday book in 1085/6, Spalding is spelled “Spallinge.” In Latin, Spall or Spald means “the shoulder.” The town of Spalding of saxon derivation means literally: “the tribe who live at the shoulder (of marsh land).”

The Spalding tribe were known to have held land in South Holland in the 7th century. The “Doomsday Survey,” showed Holland to be an area of large villages concentrated in the fens. The town became a market centre with two important industries: salt making and fisheries. The Manor of Spalding before the Norman Conquest belonged to the king’s geld (a tax paid to the Crown by landholders).

William Duke of Normandy and King of England confiscated most land belonging to Anglo-Saxon nobles, but didn’t touch land belonging to any of his feudal tenants in Spalding. The Manor of Spalding which had belonged to Algar, Earl of Mercia, was conferred upon the Duke’s nephew, Ivo Talbois. Source Spalding.net

  • 1015 – a Benedictine Priory was founded by Thorold de Bokenhale
  • 1086 – the town is recorded in the Domesday book as ‘Spallinge’
  • 1284(c) – St Mary and St Nicolas Spalding was built as a parish church by the priory under Prior William de Littleport de Kurphery Frederick.
  • 1377 – The White Hart Inn of the Market Place was originally built
  • 1430s – Ayscoughfee Hall built by Richard Alwyn
  • 1566 – Mary, Queen of Scots, stopped overnight at the White Hart in the Market Place
  • 1588 – The Spalding Grammar School, originally located within the Church, was founded.
  • 1590s – Spalding’s first drains constructed.
  • 1650 – Sir John Gamlyn founded almshouses in Spalding.
  • 1688 – Maurice Johnson was born at Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding on 19 June.
  • 1710 – Maurice Johnson founded the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society Museum, which is now reputed to be the second oldest museum in the country.
  • 1768 – Holland House, described as the finest house in Spalding, was built by William Sands Junior.
  • 1774 – The famous explorer Matthew Flinders was born at nearby Donington, on 16 March. He went on to discover most of southern Australia.
  • 1801 – The population of Spalding according to the census was 3,296.
  • 1805 – The Friends Meeting House, in Double Street, was built.
  • 1826 – Spalding’s last house of correction was built. It closed down in 1884.
  • 1831 – The population of Spalding according to the census was 6,497.
  • 1838 – The High Bridge over the River Welland was re-built.[16]
  • 1842 – The Sessions House in Sheep Market was built.
  • 1847 – The Spalding Free Press newspaper was founded.
  • 1848 – The Great Northern Railway opened their railway station.
  • 1851 – The population of Spalding according to the census was 8,829.
  • 1852 – William Bramwell Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, accepts leadership of the Methodist Reform circuit in Spalding
  • 1854 – Spalding Cemetery was consecrated in November.
  • 1855-56 – The Corn Exchange was built.
  • 1857 – The Butter Market was opened.
  • 1858 – The police station was built.
  • 1860 – An Act was passed to pipe fresh water to Spalding from Bourne.
  • 1866 – Spalding Amateur Dramatic Society formed.
  • 1866-67 – St Mary and St Nicolas, Spalding was extensively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
  • 1870 – Goodfellows National School was opened.
  • 1871 – The population of Spalding according to the census was 9,111.
  • 1874 – The ecclesiastical parish of St. John the Baptist was formed on 1 December from the civil parishes of Spalding and Pinchbeck.
  • 1875 – The Church of St John the Baptist and the primary school next door to it, with the same name, were built.
  • 1875-76 – The Church of St. Peter, on the site of the old Abbey, was built.
  • 1878 – Spalding’s Roman Catholic church in Henrietta Street, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and St. Norbert, was built.
  • 1878 – Birth in Bridge Street of Frank Pick, dynamic CEO of London Passenger Transport Board and architect of the ‘modern’ typography still used on the Underground today.
  • 1880 – St Paul’s Church in Fulney was built to designs drawn up by Sir George Gilbert Scott, who was a member of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society – he also designed buildings for Boston, Lincolnshire, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire and other areas.
  • 1881 – The present grammar school building, in Priory Road, was erected.
  • 1884 – Spalding’s last house of correction was closed. Part of the site is now occupied by Spalding Library.
  • 1887 – The Methodist church in Broad Street was opened.
  • 1891 – The population of Spalding according to the census was 9,014.
  • 1916 – Spalding Arts and Crafts Society was founded by surgeons at the Johnson Hospital in Spalding for recovering soldiers wounded in the First World War. Spalding Town Council sponsored their first exhibition in 1918.
  • 1921 – Spalding United F.C. was formed.
  • 1941 – In May, during World War II, a stray Luftwaffe bomber dropped its bombs on Spalding, destroying much of Hall Place and causing damage to several businesses.
  • 1958 – The first Spalding Flower Parade took place.
  • 1959 – Closure of M&GN railway ends direct passenger services from Leicester to Great Yarmouth via Bourne, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, King’s Lynn, Fakenham and Norwich
  • 1960 – St Nicolas Players Amateur Dramatic Society was formed in Spalding. The group’s name came from the use of the St. Nicolas Church Hall for early meetings.
  • 1967 – Barbeque 67 took place featuring the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Geno Washington, Cream and Pink Floyd. Jimi Hendrix stays at the Red Lion Hotel
  • 1970 – Closure of East Lincolnshire line ends direct rail services to Boston, and through services from Grimsby to London
  • 1974 – In April Spalding moves from Holland local authority (based in Boston) to the new South Holland council, based in Spalding. South Holland is the larger of the two former districts of Holland.
  • 1977 – Location filming for Episodes of BBC TV series Murder Most English starring Anton Rodgers, based on the work of Lincolnshire author Colin Watson. The town stands in for the fictional Flaxborough.[18]
  • 1982 – Closure of GN&GE ‘Joint Line’ railway to March
  • 2002 – Main line railway locomotive named ‘Spalding Town’ in ceremony at the station
  • 2008 – Tulip Radio was awarded a full-time broadcasting licence from Ofcom and announced that they will start broadcasting in early 200

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