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Local Library: (JB)

Spalding Gentleman's Society:

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]

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Bibliography

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Cemeteries

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Census

 Census
Year
 Piece Numbers
1841 H.O. 107/606-612
1851 H.O. 107/2096 (187-end) and 2097
1861 R.G. 9/2320-2330
1871 R.G. 10/3318 & 3321-3323
1881 R.G. 11/3197-3211
1891 R.G. 12/2559-2569
1901 R.G. 13/3032
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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Correctional Institutions

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Description and Travel

Spalding is both a market town and a parish 93 miles north of London, also 17 miles north of Peterborough and 14 miles south of Boston. Weston parish lies to the east and Pinchbeck parish to the northwest. The area is flat fenland, drained by many small canals. The parish once included the hamlets of Winsover, Fulney and Wickham, now all suburbs of Spalding. The parish covers over 12,000 acres.

The River Welland flows northeastward through the town, with the largest part of the town being on the north bank. The river embankments for two miles south of the town are of Roman origin. If you are planning a visit:

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Emigration and Immigration

Many families of Huegonot origin can be found in the area given the proximity to Thorney a major Huegonot centre just across the Cambridgeshire border to the South. More recently many Dutch immigrants have made an impact in the town including the Van Geest family. (JB)

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History

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Manors

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Maps

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Medical Records

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Military History

"A stray German bomber deposited it's cargo on Spalding in May 1941 destroying much of Hall Place. Businesses affected were Pennington & Son, Draper's at 10-13 Hall Place, International Tea Co Ltd at No 6, Home & Colonial Ltd, Grocer's at No 7, Freeman, Hardy & Willis, Shoe Dealers at No 8 and J C Harris & Son's Watchmakers at No 9. This is why visitors to Spalding will note a large line of 1950's/60's flat roofed monstrosities on one side of Hall Place. This was not a case of Town Planning gone mad; it was a case of having no choice but to rebuild using the latest styles of the day."

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Names, Geographical

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Names, Personal

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Newspapers

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Politics and Governance

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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Population

Population figures typically include staff and inmates at the workhouse.

    Year  Inhabitants
1801 3,296
1831 6,497
1851 8,829
1871 9,111
1881 9,260
1891 9,014
1901 9,385
1911 10,308
1921 10,703
1931 12,595
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Postal and Shipping Guides

As Spalding was an Inland Port being a member of The Port of Boston, details of shipping movements published in contemporary Newspapers of the day should not be overlooked if your ancestor was a seaman. (JB)

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Schools

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Societies

Spalding has it's own Family and local history Group (JB):

Those with Seafaring ancestors might like to try the Spalding Shipwreck Society (JB):

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Note: Sections marked (JB) were contributed by John R. G. Bland of Lincolnshire.

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[Last updated: 11-January-2014 - Louis R. Mills]