Newspaper Archive

Interesting articles looking back through the archives of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.

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

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

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

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

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 town. The...

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

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

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