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Things to do in Spilsby, Lincolnshire

Spilsby is a pleasant market town, on the southern edge of the Wolds.

The marketplace is dominated by a statue of Sir John Franklin - born in Spilsby in 1786, the Arctic explorer died in 1847 on an expedition to find the North West Passage, when he and all the crew perished. There is a monument in the church and a plaque on the wall of a baker's shop in the High Street, marking Franklin's birthplace.

The Church of St. James is noted for the series of 14-16th century tombs and memorials in the Willoughby Chapel.

The White Hart is a 17th century coaching inn, with an ancient mailbox and is of great architectural merit.

Spilsby Theatre, with its impressive Greek Doric portico, was formerly the Court House and police station.

Bolingbroke Castle - the castle was built in 1220 and owned by John of Gaunt, it was the birthplace of Henry IV. It has gradually decayed since the Civil War, but the grassy foundations still remain on the outskirts of Old Bolingbroke village and are well worth a visit.

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