Steeping Cottages - Self Catering Holiday Cottage, near Spilsby, Lincolnshire. Ideally located for exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds, East coast and the Lincolnshire Fens
Three miles from the holiday cottage is the quiet market town of Spilsby, which was granted its market charted in 1301. The small market town nestled on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds has a lively market and lively open air auction every Monday. The towns name originates from a Danish landowner called Spillir. The town changed little in character since the 19th century with its fine buildings and small cottages
Spilsby is a hidden gem, it has a variety of shops as wells as tearooms, restaurants and traditional pubs and a theatre, which was once the town court house.
You can read more about Spilsby on the Spilsby Community Website
Spilsby church contains several noted 14th to 16th century tombs, dedicated to the Willoughby d'Eresby family. The Willoughby d'Eresby family built Eresby House in 1530 but was destroyed by fire in 1769 and all that remain is a single gate post and the avenue of tress which leads from the town.
The Willoughby family also endowed the King Edward VI Grammar School in 1550, which sits across the road from the church. Whilst in the East Market place is an ancient Medieval Butter cross the steps of which were used to display the goods on offer at the market. The archways of the old town hall were once open, providing a covered Market Hall, with the Town Hall and goal above.
Sir John Franklin, the towns famous son was born in Spilsby on the 16th April 1786, above what is know the Franklin Bakery. At the age of 14 he joined the Royal Navy and served at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. In 1818 and 1825 Franklin made explorations to the Arctic. In 1829 he was knighted and in 1836 he was made Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania).
In 1846 on another expedition to the Arctic, Franklin set out to discover the North West Passage, a sea route linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but his ship was lost and his and the crews bodies were not found for another 12 years. A fine bronze statue of him was erected in the west market place.
John Franklin Statue and the old Market Hall
St James Church, Spilsby
Old Grammar School
Medieval Butter Cross, Spilsby Marketplace
Cornhill and White Hart
St James’ Church