Explore Victorian and Edwardian history at Spalding Cemetery during the Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days Festival 2020
Find out more about the lives of the people who lived in this area as part of the Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days Festival.
The historic Cemetery Chapel and Johnson Mausoleum will be open at Spalding Cemetery on Pinchbeck Road from 10am until 3pm from Friday (September 11 until September 20). Here, an insight into those who lived in Victorian and Edwardian times can be discovered. The cemetery itself will be open for its usual opening hours.
Andrew Hill, who has carried out much research about the lives of people from the Victorian and Edwardian era who are buried in the cemetery, will often be available to help visitors trace the whereabouts of pre-1939 burials.
The Friends of Spalding Cemetery, a volunteer group formed to protect, preserve and promote interest in the old Victorian cemetery, have been working hard to help clear overgrown areas of the 27-acre site.
District and county councillor Elizabeth Sneath, who supports the group, said the cemetery is looking 'truly lovely' with many ancient headstones and memorials uncovered.
She emphasised that the work by these volunteers is concentrated solely in the heritage areas of the cemetery.
The group hopes to produce a war grave trail and explore even further the lives of the people who lived in Spalding many years ago.
Councillor Sneath added: "There is always a lot of interest in our work from visitors to our website and this has been a worthwhile and enjoyable project for us all."
Also open as part of the festival is Baldocks Mill and Heritage Centre in South Street, Bourne.
The Victorian Holbeach Cemetery Chapels, in Park Road, will be open on Saturday, September 12, from 11am until 4pm.
Again, in Holbeach, the ROC Post with its former Cold War bunker will be open for pre-bookable tours. The Chain Bridge Forge in Spalding is also open.
For more about the festival, download a brochure from www.heritagelincolnshire.org