Extensive alterations to the White Hart Hotel in Spalding a hundred years ago uncovered some interesting relics.
Among them were old clay pipes, with long stems and small bowls, evidence of the once important pipe making industry of the town – in Red Lion Street, Station Street, Albion Street and on the site of Brydone Villas.
As well as making pipes, the factory cleaned used pipes, collecting them from various inns and returning them after renovation for further use.
Some of the old bricks removed from the building had been declared to be 700 years old, taking the famous hostel’s history back to the reign of Henry II. Some old brickwork was to be preserved.