Meeting place in Spalding for ever

Lucy behind The Red Lion Hotel bar: a meeting place in Spalding for many years. Photo: SG220516-115TW
Lucy behind The Red Lion Hotel bar: a meeting place in Spalding for many years. Photo: SG220516-115TW

The Red Lion Hotel proprietor Nigel Wilkins says it has been a meeting place in Spalding “for ever”.

In fact, there is a line drawing of the hotel that was done in 1750 showing it as a two-storey structure with windows to the side where it is now connected to shops.

During the major refurbishment of the building, evidence was discovered that the hotel had indeed once had windows and doors at the side of the building, as the picture suggested, and a surveyor confirmed that the third floor was a later addition.

Nigel says: “I have always felt whoever takes on the Red Lion is a caretaker of an established meeting place. Yes, we have had to buy it, but you are still a caretaker of a bit of history. Hopefully, when I go, someone else will take it over and do the same thing.”