Residents and visitors to Spalding this weekend will have the chance to delve into an often unseen and unexplored part of the town’s history, as one of the cemetery chapels and the Johnson mausoleum at Spalding Cemetery are opened as part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days campaign.
The Gothic chapel and mausoleum within it will be opened to the public for the first time as part of the event, with displays and talks exploring the stories and history of Victorian Spalding, as well as about some of the notable individuals who are interred in the cemetery, and the buildings themselves.
Cllr Elizabeth Sneath, who has helped to organise the event, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with an interest in Spalding’s past to gain a rare insight into how life and traditions were in the town almost 200 years ago.
“The Heritage Open Days campaign is a wonderful celebration of our country’s heritage and the chance to get to explore these hidden, often forgotten, gems in every town and city capture the essence of what makes it so special.
“We are hoping this will just be the beginning of starting to explore and research the cemetery further, and uncover more of the stories and features that are within it.”
The 27 acre site on Pinchbeck Road, founded in 1854, will be open from 10.30am to 4.00pm on Saturday September 8 and Sunday September 9, and entry is completely free. Outdoor clothing and sensible footwear are advised for anyone attending.