In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Spalding like this:
Spalding, market town and par. with ry. sta., Lincolnshire, on river Welland, 14 m. SW. of Boston, 12,070 ac., pop. 9260; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Tuesday. Spalding is an important railway centre, while the river has been made navigable to the town for vessels of from 50 to 70 tons. ...
It is situated in a rich agricultural district, and has a large trade, by river and by rail, in corn, wool, coal, and timber. It has also flour, bone, and saw mills, breweries, and coach works. There are remains of a priory of 1501, a fine old church (restored 1860), a grammar school, a corn exchange, and a spacious market place.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Spalding, in South Holland and Lincolnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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