Newspaper Archive

Interesting articles looking back through the archives of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.
New Year’s Eve fire at Spalding offices 1918 and events

New Year’s Eve fire at Spalding offices 1918 and events

We look back to the Lincs Free Press of this week 100 years ago... The passing of the old year and the advent of 1918 was marked by one of the most disastrous fire which Spalding had experienced for many years. Damage costing around £3,000 was caused to premises...

Traders in Spalding's 'forgotten retail area' of Winsover Road welcomed the opening of supermarket Lidl, saying it 'could only be a good thing'. It was thought the new store, on the site of the former Co-op, could bring prosperity to that part of town. Winsover Road...

Driver takes a wrong turning

Driver takes a wrong turning

We look back to the Spalding Guardian of 50 years ago. Lorry driver James Douglas Elmas, of 85 Gate House, Long Sutton, had a narrow escape from serious injury when his lorry left the road near Fulney church and crashed into a garden. Mr Elms was taken to the Johnson...

LOOKING BACK: By Tim Machin of Long Sutton District Society

Mosquito bite reminded me of the days when opium was used regularly. Last week my wife complained that she had been bitten during the night by a mosquito. She seems to attract them, which is good for me as it means that when she is around I usually escape the itchy...

This little town went to market

This little town went to market

Tim Machin, chairman of Long Sutton and District Civic Society, supports the case for Long Sutton historic market. Just when things seem to be going well, some new controversy raises its ugly head to upset the apple cart. A couple of months ago, our district council...

The Phantom Horseman of Sutton Bridge

The Phantom Horseman of Sutton Bridge

LOOKING BACK: By Long Sutton and District Civic Society The River Nene between Wisbech and the Wash is today a very different place to the wide muddy wetland that existed prior to the 1830s when the current channel was dug. It was then a place of constant danger from...

Historian recalls wartime in Long Sutton

Historian recalls wartime in Long Sutton

Local historian and author Bruce Robinson lived in Long Sutton as a child during the war years. His memoirs provide this account of increasing militarisation to counter the threat of German invasion during 1940... When I was about five, the Army moved into an empty...

Long Sutton’s proud naval history

Long Sutton’s proud naval history

Progressive reclamation of the Wash’s salt marshes has pushed the coastline back by about five miles from what was once the ‘sea front’ near Long Sutton. As recently as 1820, as mentioned in last month’s column, sales particulars for the old manor house reported that...

When the men worked the fields all their lives

When the men worked the fields all their lives

Mark Joy, from Gosberton Risegate, sent us this fantastic photo of his dad, Gus (Augustus), on a John Deere tractor in 1950, pea cutting down Broad Drove, Surfleet Fen Farm, near Gosberton Clough, with Les Jackson and Fred Wilson. ‘My Dad was born on December 28,...

Looking back at this week in 1999

Looking back at this week in 1999

The Flower Parade was making the headlines in 1999 They came from all over the country to witness the spectacle of the 41st annual Spalding Flower Parade.   Thousands of people lined the route to see the beautifully-decorated floats wind their way around the...

Spalding’s lost river

Spalding’s lost river

GEMS FROM THE ARCHIVE: A monthly column by DR MARTIN BLAKE, of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, looking at interesting artefacts from its museum In 1731 John Grundy Sr, a notable surveyor and hydraulic engineer, arrived in Spalding to survey the area for local...

Farming on Surfleet Fen in 1959

Farming on Surfleet Fen in 1959

Gosberton Risegate resident Mark Joy has sent us this picture of wheat being combined in 1959. Mark says: “My Dad, Gus Joy, is driving the lorry and Fred Wilson is operating the combine. “They were working (and did for many years) for Proctor Bros Ltd,of Gosberton....

Newspaper Archive

Newspaper Archive

This page will show interesting articles from the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian's archives.