Looking recently through a book of photographs of Spalding in the 1950s, I came across a picture of chestnut trees being planted in 1953 along what is now Chestnut Avenue which, as many readers will know, runs between the river and the rear entrance to the grounds of Ayscoughfee Hall.
They were, of course, being planted to mark the Queen’s Coronation in June of that year.
It occurred to me that there would surely be a plaque in the Avenue commemorating the occasion of their planting, and a friend who has lived in the area all his life was pretty certain that I was correct in this assumption.
On exploring the Avenue however, I failed to find any sign of a plaque, and, on enquiring at the Museum, I found that none of the Hall staff could recall ever having seen one, and nor could any of the gardens’ staff.
It occurs to me that there ought to be such a plaque, and, further, that it would be most appropriate in this 60th anniversary year of the Queen’s Coronation to put right this omission.
Sadly, it is now too late to put one in place on the exact anniversary of that memorable June 2, but it would, nevertheless, be a very pleasant way to celebrate such a notable landmark in the Queen’s reign ... better late than never!
Georgian Court, Spalding