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10 fascinating facts about Spalding

21 February 2019

Spalding, Lincolnshire, Home of PSP Training Services

We’re proud of our South Lincolnshire heritage. The flat land may not be everyone’s idea of beauty but we have amazing big skies with beautiful sunsets and we can certainly see a storm coming in plenty of time to get inside! It’s also ideal for walking and cycling without the effort of climbing hills.

However, the area is predominantly rural and suffers from a lack of training facilities, particularly management and senior leadership training. Local businesses need to balance the inconvenience and cost of sending staff to larger cities for executive training with the benefits that the training will bring the business.

This is why we set up PSP Training Services. We’re bringing the quality and luxury of city executive training right here, to your doorstep, in Spalding.

As a Spalding-based business, situated just off the A16 in Spalding Office Park, with an interest and passion for our local area, we thought you might be interested in learning more about what many people think are just boring, flat fens. Here’s a list of the 10 most interesting, little-known things we could find out about Spalding. And it was fascinating research!

10 interesting facts you may not know about Spalding

1. Spalding was host to the country’s first true rock festival, Barbeque 67, in 1967 before Reading, Leeds or the Isle of Wight events. It was held in the Bulb Auction and headlined by Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd.

2. Spalding War Memorial, located in the grounds of Ayscoughfee Hall, was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who also designed the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London. It commemorates the 224 men from the town killed in the First World War.

3. The name “Spalding” originates from the Anglian tribe the “Spaldingas” who settled here in the 6th century. It is thought that the name Spalding of Saxon derivation means “the tribe who live at the shoulder of marsh land”.

4. Pinchbeck's Key Market store (where Morrisons now stands) was selected to host the historic moment when the country's first barcode - on a packet of Melrose teabags - was scanned back in October 1979. The technological advance featured on an episode of the science program Tomorrow's World.

5. The White Hart Inn, in Spalding market place, was built in 1377 and Mary, Queen of Scots is believed to have stayed here in 1566.

6. A large drain, known as the Westlode, once ran along the line of Westlode Street, New Road and Winsover Road. There is thought to have been a bridge over this drain somewhere near Red Lion Street. The Westlode is thought to have been one of the main lines of transport and communication with Bourne.

7. Spalding had a castle! The nephew of William the Conqueror, Ivo Tailebois, built a wooden castle with a moat and drawbridge, in Spalding, according to a charter dated A.D.868. It was located in the Castle playing fields on Pinchbeck Road.

8. The only road to and from Spalding in 1763 was called Horsegate Roft, shown on a map as the present line of the A16. All other transport was via water.

9. Windsover was once a small hamlet before houses built from 1801 merged the hamlet into the town of Spalding.

10. The Raceground, west of Little London, really was an area used for horse racing in the 18th century. There were stables for the races on the site of the old cinema on London Road, now Georgian Court, at the intersection of London Road and Haverfield Road.

We haven’t listed any sources for this information but it is freely available on the internet and, as far as we can see, it’s all accurate. If anyone knows any other interesting Spalding facts, we’d be very interested to hear them.

Photo taken by Stephen McKay