- Spalding -
Population: 21,000 Set in the heart of the Fens, Spalding is a peaceful market town situated between Boston and Peterborough.
As well as being the administrative centre of South Holland, Spalding is an important agricultural town and the centre of the flower industry.
The River Welland runs through the town giving an attractive waterfront with many fine Georgian buildings and riverside walks.
One of these is the medieval Ayscoughfee Hall, one of the oldest buildings in Spalding. It has kept much of its original fabric, including a fine timber framed roof, and is set in five acres of beautiful gardens.
The White Hart in the Market Place has been an inn for hundreds of years, and it is said that Mary Queen of Scots once stopped there in 1566.
Spalding is also famous for its daffodils - more of which are grown in this area than in any other part of Britain, and the town has also been a regular winner of the Best Town in Britain in Bloom for the region.
Much of central Spalding is now a conservation area and its location makes
it an ideal spot for touring South Holland and the Fens.