Visit Spalding and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Spalding, Lincolnshire. More than half the acreage of bulbs grown in England, often surpassing the famous fields of Holland in a blaze of extraordinary beauty, is concentrated on an area of the Lincolnshire Fens around Spalding. The Dutch character of this important agricultural town is enhanced by the River Welland flowing through its centre like a highway. The seven bridges, principal of which is the High Bridge, rebuilt in 1838, invite pleasant walks among the many historic buildings along the river bank. One of these, Ayscoughfee Hall, dates from the early 15th century and now serves as a museum and recreation centre for the public. The Hall was once the home of Maurice Johnson, who in 1710 founded the Gentlemen's Society of Spalding, a social club designed to encourage the study of scientific and literary subjects and the forerunner of the Society of Antiquaries. Superbly tended grounds present fine views of the Hall itself, with its long galleried porch in mellow stone and two-storied bay windows surmounted by Dutch gables. Fresh green lawns, tennis courts, aviaries and a small aquarium merge peacefully into a landscape dignified by yew hedges and a yew tunnel.
Near are several ancient inns, of which the White Horse with its bold frontage and thatched roof is the most attractive architecturally, and the White Flail the oldest, tracing its origin back to 1377. The 13th-century Church of SS. Mary and Nicholas is impressive and owes much to the painstaking restoration carried out by Sir Gilbert Scott. The district of which Spalding is the centre is the most fertile in England, renowned for its output of sugar beet and potatoes; above all the tulips, daffodils, narcissi and hyacinths in a vast carpet of breathtaking colour attract visitors from all parts of the world. The culminating glory is the Spalding Flower Parade when over 6 million tulip blooms are used to decorate floats.
Nearby cities: Peterborough
Nearby towns: Boston, Bourne, Holbeach, Market Deeping, Wisbech
Nearby villages: Algarkirk, Aslackby, Barholm, Baston, Bicker, Billingborough, Birthorpe, Cowbit, Crowland, Deeping St. James, Deeping St. Nicholas, Donington, Dunsby, Fleet, Fosdyke, Gedney, Gedney Hill, Gosberton, Hacconby, Hanthorpe, Horbling, Humby, Kirton, Langtoft, Millthorpe, Moulton Chapel, Northborough, Peakirk, Pinchbeck, Pointon, Quadring, Rippingale, Spanby, Surfleet, Sutterton, Sutton St. James, Swaton, Swineshead, Tallington, Threekingham, Twenty, West Deeping, Weston, Whaplode, Wigtoft, Wilsthorpe
Have you decided to visit Spalding or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Spalding bed and breakfast (a Spalding B&B or Spalding b and b)
- a Spalding guesthouse
- a Spalding hotel (or motel)
- a Spalding self-catering establishment, or
- other Spalding accommodation