Local Library: (JB)
- Spalding Library
- Victoria Street
- Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1EA
- Tele: 01 522 782 010, Fax: 01 775 768931
- Opening Hours 9.00 - 18.00 Mon - Fri
- Early Closing Thurs 14.00 Sat 9.00 - 16.00
- Late opening Wed to 19.00
Spalding Gentleman's Society:
- Broad Street
- Spalding, Lincs PE11 1TB
- Web site
This was founded by Maurice JOHNSON of Ayscoughfee Hall in 1710 as a forum for local gentleman to discuss local antiquities and to read the newly published periodical "The Tatler". The study of scientific and literary subjects were encouraged. Two years later the Society was formally established and membership included some notable 18th-century figures including Sir Isaac NEWTON, Dr. William STUKELEY and later Alfred Lord Tennyson. The museum is the oldest in Britain with the exception of Oxford's Ashmolean. The museum moved to the present building in 1911 and, whilst not open to the public, viewings can be made by appointment. It does occasionally hold general open day's usually as part of National Heritage Events. (JB)
The Gentlemen's Society holds a copy of the Court Rolls (actually large books) for the manor of Spalding cum Membris, in Latin, with an imperfect index, but in perfect condition, as well as surveys and rentals. The records cover the surrounding parishes as well as Spalding itself. [Michael Edgoose]
Brian WILLIAMSON of Christchurch, New Zealand, tells us that: "The Harvard University Library has online (the following text exactly as stated):
- Spalding Gentlemen's Society: Minute Books of the Spalding Gentlemen's Society 1712-1755, Lincoln Record Society.
- Spalding Gentlemen's Society/BAILEY G. W./1937 bks
- Spalding Gentlemen's Society - Library-Catalogs catalog of the whole of the books together with th/spalding g/1808 bks.
- The correspondence of the Spalding Gentlemen's Society, 1710-1761, by Diana HONEYBONE and Michael HONEYBONE
- Spalding, an industrial history, by Neil R. WRIGHT, 1975, Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, and
- Spalding with Holbeach, Moulton and Whaplode on old picture postcards, by Eric CROFT, 2011, ISBN 9781905408252 .
For item 1 above there is the note that the years covered are 1712 thru 1755 and that The Harvard Univ. cat record indicates that these were selected and introduced by Dorothy M. OWEN, with the help of S.W. WOODWARD and published by the Lincoln Record Society, 1981.
Bob HARVEY has a photograph of the Gentlemen's Society building on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.