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Thomas Ellis Fisher and his wife Sabina live at 27 Spring Gardens. Thomas is a retired merchant with the West India Company and was born in Yorkshire in 1816. He died in 1900 aged 84, and buried 4thDecember 1900. Sabina born in 1819 in Baumber, Lincolnshire, continued to live in Spring Gardens at Snow Drop Villa, and then in 1911, 135 Mackenzie Road, Beckenham, Kent with her daughter and family. She died 1914, aged 95 in Henley, Oxfordshire, and buried back in Spalding 2 July 1914, plots 1 31 l and 36 d.

The death has taken place May 10th 1917 in a London hospital of Captain Charles Lewis Harvey, a solicitor and deputy clerk of Spalding Urban District Council, and a member of a well known local family. His father was H H Harvey, the clerk to the Spalding Urban Council. He was a successful competitor at local athletics, a prominent member of Spalding Cricket Club and County cricketer. He lived with his family at 40 Albion Street. He married in 1916 Kathleen Mary Tapsell Gleed, the daughter of W J Gleed, ex chairman of the Holland County Council. He was attached to the Lincolnshire Territorial, aged 38 and volunteered for active service early on the war.. He received a commission in October 1914 and promoted to temporary captaincy in May 1916.

In April 1917 he was brought to the Chelsea Hospital in London. A shell burst near him and a shrapnel splinter entered his head but it was believed he was making good progress. Both eyes were effected and he underwent an operation and it was hoped his sight would not be effected. Complications set in and for some days he was in a critical condition. Sadly he died May 10th from effects of wounds in the head. He was given a military funeral 14th May which was well attended.

In his will he left £3400 and probate was granted to Kathleen Mary Tapsell Harvey who lived at 37 Cley Hall Drive.


.Henry Watkinson was born 17 July 1819 in Burwell, Cambridgeshire; his wife Jane (Hewitt) Watkinson. Henry was over a period of years editor, publisher, and proprietor of the Lincolnshire Free Press. In 1875 he purchased the Sleaford Gazette and the South Lincolnshire Advertiser. He died 21 November 1895 aged 76, and buried 25th November in Spalding. His wife sadly died in 29th August 1874 aged 54, and buried 1st Septmber 1874. Their plots are 1 44 aa and 1 44 bb.



Edward Sneath of Money Bridge, Pinchbeck, farmer, was summoned for allowing two cows to stray in Northgate, Pinchbeck on the 16th September 1897. The defendant admitted the case, which was stated by PC Duffin and Superintendent Osborn said that it was more of an accident than intentional road stocking. Mr Sneath was fined 6d per head and costs.

Lincs Free Press October 5th 1897



The Rev. Canon Van Santen. CRP, better known in Spalding as Father Frederick of St. Norbert's Priory, died on Sunday 7thNovember 1920 whilst a mass was being offered in the chapel on his behalf. He had been ill for some time – ever since his return from a holiday in Belgium, but treasured the hope of regaining his health. He was 77 years of age and that told against him.

He was born in Diest, Belgium on December 6th 1843. entered the monastery in 1864, and ordained a priest in 1870, and came to Spalding July 4th 1888. He was a Chevalier of the Order of the Crown (Belgium), for having on several occasions saved peoples lives at imminent risk to his own, and a member of the International Order of the Red Cross. His funeral at Spalding 9thNovember will create a precedent, as it will be the first time that a member of the famous Abbey of Tongerloo has been laid to rest in England and he will be the first Catholic Priest to be buried there since the Reformation.

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December 31st 1875


The Lincolnshire Chronicle,

December 28 1875 G R Raby, a Spalding grave digger, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in the cemetery at the time of a funeral the previous day. Defendant was ordered to be discharged from custody summoned to the next petty sessions. He got his own resting place 21 August 1893 aged 72, plot 3 18 g

Henry Watkinson was born 17 July 1819 in Burwell, Cambridgeshire; his wife Jane (Hewitt) Watkinson. Henry was over a period of years editor, publisher, and proprietor of the Lincolnshire Free Press. In 1875 he purchased the Sleaford Gazette and the South Lincolnshire Advertiser. He died 21 November 1895 aged 76, and buried 25th November in Spalding. His wife sadly died in 29th August 1874 aged 54, and buried 1st Septmber 1874. Their plots are 1 44 aa and 1 44 bb.


The Quakers meeting house was first founded in 1698, and the succeeding one was was erected in 1805. John Harvey, of Spalding, a Quaker, had a fine of 10s imposed on him for “not swearing” apparently when required to do so in a law court and had a guinea's worth of his goods seized.

The Spalding Guardian, 13 September 1940

The story goes that the silent worship of Spalding Quakers was disturbed so much by the coarse language of the bargees when the River Welland still served as a waterway for the transportation of produce and goods, that the meeting house was moved some way from the river.

The Spalding Guardian, 20 September 1985


Jacob Kelk is a miller; born in Burgh Le Marsh 1803. He is married to Mary Kelk born Louth 1800. They move around, at one time The Crescent. Jacob died 19 December1880 aged 77 and buried 23 December, plos 1 76 l and 1 76 m. Mary died 22 December 1892 aged 92, buried 27th December. She lived in Spring Gardens.

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On December 29 1899 at 34 Double Street, Spalding, Harriett, widow of the late Thomas Royce, master mariner, and of later years proprietor of The Angel Inn, Spalding, aged 82. plot 2 32 a.

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A little girl named Florence Wright, daughter of John Wright, foreman to Mr Tye, ironmonger, whilst playing with other girls on a cart some days ago, accidently fell off and broke her arm. Dr Morris attended her but faint hopes were held out for her recovery. 16thOctober lock-jaw set in and she succumbed thereto one the same day. Deceased was 9 years old. She was buried 19 October 1878 location 2 37 x. John Wright was a gas fitter and the family lived at Em Cottages, Church Drove, off Holbeach Road.

Boston Guardian 18 October 1878

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.Mr C A Watson, builder of 85 Winsover Road, Spalding, sustained a severe bereavement by the death of his 19 year old son Frank Ernest. The deceased who worked for his father in the business. The deceased who was taken ill earlier in the week but accurate inflammation supervened, and in spite of the best medical skill, expired on 1stAugust. Buried in Spalding 3rd August 1898, plot 1 49 e.


12 November 1885, some excitement was caused in the neighbourhood of Holbeach Road, by the report of an old lady 80 years of age named Mary Ann Yardy living at the last house in Willow Row, number 19b, had attempted suicide by cutting her throat. In the absence of her husband she had taken at his razor and got out into the yard and inflicted two terrible gashes to he throat. She was taken to Johnson Hospital where doctors tried unsuccessfully to save her. It was reported that the lady was in a stupor having taken an overdose of opium, and was not therefore responsible for her actions.

Mr and Mrs Yardy had formerly lived in Childers Drove where he was a brick maker. She is buried in plot 2 18 k.

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Thomas Brogden, better known in the right circles as Thomas John Harrowsmith or TJH, is a solicitor living at 36 London Road with his widowed mother Harriet. He was born in Lincoln1863. He married Annie Burnham Price 2 August1890 and they moved down the road to 10 London Road. Annie was born 1870 in Gloucestershire. . They had a son Thomas William Edwin Brogden born 1891. Thomas died in 1899 aged 36, buried 6thMarch 1899, plot 1 46 f. Sadly, the gravestone is a little worse for wear. me. 

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Mrs Emma Hughes Gooch was well known for the family fell-mongering business down Claylake but had only in th last 21 years stepped back from daily involvement, and moved to a house in the High Street. Mrs Gooch came from Faversham, in Kent, she was 66 years of age, and attended the Cogregational Church. She had attended church that Sunday with no sick symptoms but during the night suffered from an acute attack of diarrhoea and was found next morning quite prostrated. Inflammation supervened and by Wednesday it had worsened.The doctors pronounced the case hopeless and Mrs Gooch died that morning. She died 9th March and buried in Spalding next day. Her plot is 1 7 h next to her husband.

Charles Dickerson Jennings and his family live in Bridge Street South, next to the Old Bell Inn. He was born in 1817 in Camberwell, South London and his wife Rebecca originates from the USA, Philadelphia, but a British citizen They have a son and daughter. He is described as a ironmonger but from the advert dabbles in other things. Charles dies in 1880 and buried 5th May 1880, aged 63. Rebecca dies in 1876, buried 12th January 1876, aged 57; they lie together plot 1 57 b.A look down the river Welland and you could see in the distance a building with a large chimney that would be the Holbeach Road, Hunt & Jennings Steam Bone Mill (Artificial Manure Manufacturers & Bone Crushers) (Bones had been imported post 1815, both human and inhuman from the battlefields of Europe, all of the places where the principal battles were fought have been swept alike of the bones of the hero and horse which he rode and thence forwarded to the bone grinders for the purpose of reducing them to a granulated state for the farmer to manure his land). Part of an account from ‘The Observer’ 18th November 1822. 1860 Partnership changed between the undersigned, Francis Millus, William Hunt, and Charles Dickinson Jennings, as Bone Crushers and Dealers in Vitriol, at Spalding. in the county of Lincoln, and has this day been dissolved by mutual consent; and that for the future the business will be carried on by the said William Hunt and Charles Dickinson Jennings, alone...



The question of burial fees at the cemetery was raised as something should be allowed to the non-conformist ministers for conducting the funerals as well as the Vicar. He received £15 per annum for the services he conducted on the consecrated side: why were the ministers not paid for the funerals on the un-consecrated portion? After a brief conversation, the subject was dropped without any order being made.

Lincolnshire Free Press 13 July 1897


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