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The Wesleyan, Primitive and Independent Methodists each had large chapels in the town. The Independent Methodists built a new chapel in 1866 and used the old one as a Sunday School. The Wesleyans built a new chapel at the Market Place in 1878. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
131 miles north of London, Spilsby parish sits between Skegness on the coast and Horncastle in the Wold hills, and is about ten miles southwest of Alford. Partney parish is to the north and Toynton St. Peter parish to the south. The parish covered about 2,340 acres in 1842.
The town of Spilsby was described in White's 1842 Directory as "a small, but thriving and well-built market town... pleasantly seated on an eminence, which overlooks an extensive tract of marshes and fens". Eresby is a small hamlet just south of town. If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A16 south out of Alford or north out of Boston. The road passes through the center of Spilsby. Otherwise, you can take the A158 eastward out of Horncastle and turn south onto the B1195 arterial and follow that into Spilsby.
A House of Corrections was built here in 1824-26 and occupied about two acres. It was enlarged in 1869 to accomodate 85 cells. It was taken down in 1876, except for a portion used as sessions house and police lockup.
Gasworks were constructed in 1853, bringing lights to the town.
The railway came to Spilsby in 1868 with the Spilsby and Firsby branch of the East Lincolnshire Railway Company.
Eresby Hall was the seat of the de Eresby family for centuries. It stood about a mile south of the town, but was destroyed by fire in 1769.
The manor of Eresby, or Spilsby, was given by William the Conqueror, to Walter de BEKE (or BEC), a baron. In the 1300's, the manor passed to Robert Willoughby de ERESBY by marriage. In 1580, the manor passed to Richard BERTIE by marriage.
The Seventh Spilsby Rifle Volunteer Corps was formed here in 1860. It contained about 100 members. In 1872, J. W. PRESTON was Captain, Geo. WALKER Lieutenant, Robert MacKINDER ensign and Sergeant Thomas WARD drill master.
In 1881, F Company of the First Lincolnshire Rifle Volunteers was here, complete with Drill Hall. Captain George WALKER was Commandant, Robert MacKINDLE was lieutenant, John Wiley PRESTON, Junior, was second lieutenant, sergeant William ROLFE was the drill master.
In 1889, F Company of the First Volunteer Battalion was here, complete with Drill Hall. Major G. WALKER was Commandant, G. B. WALKER and W. HOFF were lieutenants, Francis John WALKER was acting surgeon and the Rev. Pownoll KENDALL the acting chaplain.
In 1899, a Drill Hall was erected in Halton Road, built of red brick. It contained housing for sergeant-instructors.
In 1912, C Company of the 5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, was here. Captain H. S. SCORER was Commandant, Col. Francis John WALKER was medical officer and the drill instructor was Wallace COWLING, colour sergeant.
RAF Spilsby opened on 20 Sept. 1943. It was a satellite airfield to RAF East Kirkby. It was upgraded from satellite status only a month later.
Immediately after the war, RAF Spilsby became an Armament Practice School.
In December, 1946, the airfield was placed in a "care and maintenance" status. That lasted until June of 1955.
In 1955 the US Air Force took over the field, but used it primarily for ground forces.
The US Air Force left in March, 1958 and the station was closed. The runways were torn up in the 1970s and the aggregate from them used in constructing the Humber Bridge. Some of the buildings were still standing in 2005.
There is a Memorial to the units staioned at RAF Spilsby just outside Great Steeping village.
Sir John FRANKLIN, Knight, K.C.H. was born at Spilsby in 1786. He entered the navy in 1800 and fought at Trafalgar, went on an expedition to the North Pole in 1818 and again in 1819. Knighted in 1829, he perished with his whole crew in 1845 or the next year - lost in an effort to find the Northwest Passage in Canada. In 1861, a statue was erected in his honour in the Market Place.
Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spilsby petty session hearings held at the Court House every other Monday.
The parish had 22 acres set aside as Poor's Land, holding several tenements and the Red Lion Public House. Revenue from the property (£76 and 5 shillings in 1842) was distributed half-yearly amoung the poor who were not receiving other aid from the poor rates (see Poor Law Union, below).
A Free Grammar School was supported at Spilsby prior to 1600 (reputedly founded by Edward VI), but it did not have a home until 1611, when the lord of the manor granted an acre of land with the buildings which were converted into the school. From 1741 to 1842, it held 42 children, 30 boys and 12 girls.
A small National School was built here in 1839 and the girls were transfered here and their number increased to 15. They were taught reading, writing and needlework.