which attracted many regular visitors from around the world. It is situated in a rich agricultural district, and has a large trade, by river and by rail, in corn, wool, coal, and timber.
The parade celebrated the region's vast tulip production and the cultural links between the Fens and the landscape and people of South Holland. It has also flour, bone, and saw mills, breweries, and coach works.
In 2012 they were combined as the Sir John Gleed School.
Limits on expansion due to the historic nature of the building and space limitations (it is in a densely developed area) and lack of funding are causing financial trouble for the hospital.
A new nurse-led hospital was built in 2009 off Pinchbeck Road in the north of the town, near the Pinchbeck Industrial Estate.
This has drawn facilities from existing scattered sites into a modern central unit.
The nearest major hospitals to Spalding are at Boston (18 miles north) and Peterborough (20 miles south-east).
Smaller surgeries are located on Pennygate and in surrounding villages.
Spalding's two secondary modern schools (11-16) were the Gleed Boys' School and the Gleed Girls' Technology College.Around the north-west of Spalding is a large waterway called Vernatt's Drain, named after one of the Adventurers who drained the Fens in the 17th century.Philibert Vernatti was made a baronet on 7 June 1643.A Vocational 6th form was established and launched in September 2008 as part of the Gleed Campus.It is not an automatic transition as with other schools in the area, like the Grammar, High, and the Deepings.There are also schools for children with special learning needs: the Priory School (for those with mild to moderate learning difficulties) and the Garth School (for those with more demanding educational needs).