Nostalgic memories of Spalding's local history

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My mam linda leggett entered me in a 'beautiful baby' contest in ayscoughfee must have been 1940'ish and I won a prize. A wooden biscuit barrel, you would never think it to look at me now though. Does anyone remember those days.Jan
Does anyone remember a refreshment wagon? My mam and dad, Linda and Harry Leggett, ran it in the late 40's or early 50's some evenings near the fountain in Hall Place. I can remember being with them 'helping' and I always had a chocolate cupcake to eat. I think I took comics to read whilst mam and dad were working.
My mam, Linda Leggett, had a toy stall at the corn exchange end. Mam and I loaded up a handcart with toys every Tuesday and pushed it from our shop in Commercial Road, next door to the post office. I helped unload and set out the stall then dashed to school/ high school. At lunch time went back so mam could have a break and a cuppa, then back to school. I returned later so we could load up and push the ...see more
When I was very young, just before 1950, I can remember High Bridge was like this without the footbridge beside it. Without so much traffic it was safe to walk over the main bridge. Then the river was tidal and had banks of mud on either side of the water. The white building seen above the bridge was Berrills clothes shop which opened at the beginning of the century. I can remember an area given up to the most wonderful ...see more
When I was very young, around 1950, Hall Place was cobbled and the fountain which is now in Ayscoughfee stood there. On market days, when it was quite busy, there used to be a little roundabout for very small children. Later the cobbles were removed and a roundabout was put in and I seem to remember that, as well as the grass, there were also flowers. At Easter every year there would be a large wooden cross in ...see more
I can remember Mick's stall just outside the Red Lion and he'd have crowds of people round him. He'd hold up an item and then say - I'm not asking 10/-, 5/- but 2/6! He always did a good trade. The market went on much later in the 1950s and in the winter, methylated spirit lamps were lit with their distinctive smell, and old ladies sat at the back in the semi darkness bundled up in layers of black ...see more
This isn't a memory (before my time!) but a plea for family history help as I have several ancestors who were born or lived in this area. My 5th great grandfather Robert Wadeson married Eva Weyman in Whaplode Drove in 1750. They then lived in Barbados, Carribean for several years where my 4th great grandfather Samuel Weyman Wadeson was born in 1754. By 1760 the family had returned to live in Spalding where other ...see more
My great grandmother, Elizabeth Allaban (born around 1864) was a servant at Elton Villas in Spalding. Do you know where this would have been in Spalding? I am currently tracing my family tree so would be pleased to hear from anyone with that name. Elizabeth Allaban married Joseph Preddy in March 1891 at Spalding. Regards Jane Mitchell
I wonder if anyone could be of help. I am in the process of tracing my family tree and have discovered my great grandmother, Elizabth Allaban (or Allabon) (married in Spalding to Joseph Preddy in March 1891) was a servant in Elton Villas, Spalding. Does anyone know where this is or do you know of anyone with the name Allaban? Joseph Preddy was born in Nettleton. I would love to hear from anyone as I have become seriously addicted to genealogy. Thanks Jane Mitchell
I remember living in Cowbit and went to see jailhouse rock in the Odeon cinema. Never saw the end of the film because the last bus went to early! I was in the Gleede boys school in 1960-1961 I then moved to Long sutton and the Peele school.