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Spalding Cemetery needs greater investment

Calls have been made for greater investment on preserving one of Spalding’s most import heritage assets.

South Holland district councillor Liz Sneath says more money needs to be spent on safeguarding Spalding Cemetery for future generations.

Coun Sneath is also hoping to see one of the cemetery's chapels being brought back into use and is also looking at other ideas to bring more people to the cemetery.

Spalding Cemetery in Pincbeck road Old burial section and chapels (18593694)
Spalding Cemetery in Pincbeck road Old burial section and chapels (18593694)

Spalding Town Forum heard on Wednesday last week that the Spalding Special Expenses is expected to make £5,000 more than expected in this financial year and this has been attributed to the cemetery.

Speaking at Wednesday's meeting, Coun Sneath said: “It is such a heritage asset and contains the history of Spalding that it is too important to let it fall into rack and ruin.”

The cemetery, in Pinchbeck Road, was consecrated in 1854 and contains two chapels, a non-conformist chapel and a Roman Catholic chapel.

One of the chapels has a donated altar and a Victorian organ.

Along with the chapels, the cemetery also houses the Johnson mausoleum.

It is also the final resting place of 33 service men from both the First and Second World Wars.

A service woman, Florence Bowman (21) of the Women’s Royal Auxiliary Airforce is also buried at the cemetery.

Coun Sneath told the meeting that the road has a number of potholes.

She also told the meeting there were hopes to create a Friends Group to support the cemetery.

Speaking after the meeting Coun Sneath also said there were hopes to introduce a walk around the cemetery.

She said: "There is such a wonderful selection of trees , it is like an arboretum.

"We are hoping to do something like a tree walk as we want to get people back to the cemetery.

"All of Spalding's history can be found there."

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