Old Images of Spalding, Lincolnshire

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Spalding Church Lincolnshire 1801
"To The Rev.d Maurice Johnson, D.D. Minister of the Parish Church of Spalding. This View of Spalding Church, Lincolnshire" by Hilkiah Burgess, Published as the Act directs, July 1st 1801, by W. & H. Burgess, Fleet near Holbeach Lincolnshire - now in the British Library's Topographical Collection of George III

Glimpse history through fascinating old images of Spalding in Lincolnshire, England.

Old Postcard of Ascoughfee Hall in 1906

Ascoughfee Hall is a popular destination both for local residents and visitors to Spalding. This old postcard captures this important local landmark well over a century ago.

Old Postcard of Ascoughfee Hall, Spalding, Lincolnshire, 1906
Old Postcard of Ascoughfee Hall, Spalding, Lincolnshire, 1906, from Mark Crombie’s extensive vintage postcard collection on Flikr

Old Photos of Spalding

This video of old photos of Spalding take us back to the 1920s.

The old images show

  • Hall Place
  • W.Fletcher, Outfitters at 6, Market Place
  • New Road
  • Blackburn Cycles at 16, Sheep Market

Then there’s 2 minutes of drone footage from 2020, filming the town and its environment from above.

They’re back the 20’s – 1920 photos and 2020 FPV of Spalding Lincs -Airborne Geek FPV on YouTube

Tulips & Daffodils in 1940

Britain may have been at war in 1940, but that didn’t stop the flower trade.

Here the newsreel visited the fields and extensive heated glasshouses of Spalding’s flower farms.

The female pickers wear smart uniforms with berets.

Spalding Issue Title – Growing Up (1940) – British Pathé on YouTube

Spalding’s Dad’s Army in 1941

On the 15 October 1942, the ARP and Home Guard carried out defensive exercises, which also involved many local women and children.

Large numbers of people came out to watch from behind a rope, too.

Amazingly, silent newsreel footage of this event still exists.

And because it happened in the middle of town, several streets, a number of homes and multiple businesses were included in the footage background.

You’ll love this for the places you know and recognise, but also for the astonishing dramatic exercises taking place on the streets of a small market town.

SPALDING DEFENDED IN REALISTIC EXERCISE – NO SOUND – British Movietone on YouTube

Spalding Flower Parade 1968

The last Spalding Flower Parade took place in 2013, 55 years after it started.

But when the Spalding Flower Parade was filmed for this newsreel in 1968, the fairly recent tradition was in its heyday, as was the Lincolnshire flower industry.

Millions of tulips, grown on 3,000 acres of local land, adorned the parade floats.

One of the floats rushes through the crowd of spectators with surprising speed as two people run to keep up.

Hundreds of people appear in this newsreel, and we see the occasional home in the background too.

Flower Power (1968) – British Pathé (YouTube)

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