LETTER: Historic Spalding house features in book

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Articles from the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian have been sent on to me regarding Holland House and your request to hear from anyone with a connection to the house.

I am the great grand-daughter of EH Gooch, author of “A History of Spalding” and alderman of the town and there are several pages of his book devoted to the history and residents of Holland House including the Johnson family mentioned in your article from whom the Gooch family bought Holland House in 1893.

There were over 30 rooms in the house and extensive cellars.

The property sat in eight acres stretching from the High Street to Halmer Gate and included glasshouses, conservatory, stables and a mausoleum that was later moved to the cemetery.

In his memoirs EH Gooch described “the magnificent and spacious drawing rooms, with angels painted at the cost of £1,000, the bells on the window shutters, and the large four-posted bedsteads”.

He wrote that “beds and borders were filled with beautiful smelling gillyflowers, and he was awestruck at the spaceciousness of the place”.

In “A History of Spalding” it is also mentions that promenade concerts were held in the gardens annually, and bowls and quoits matches were held there.

Mr EW Gooch held a large Masonic garden party in 1904 for over 300 guests to the Lincolnshire brethren and their ladies.

When the gardens became too expensive to keep in their entirety, Holland Road was made through the heart of them in 1909.

The family sold the house in 1920 with a Mr H Frost buying the northern part with the bay windows, and the Holland County Council purchased the other portion to use as education offices.

Mrs Nicky Daish

(nee Gooch)