Spalding Gentlemen's Society

Spalding Gentlemen's Society
Broad Street
Spalding
Lincolnshire
PE11 1TB
England

Website

www.spalding-gentlemens-society.org

E-mail

info@spalding-gentlemens-society.org

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The Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, one of the oldest learned Societies in the kingdom, and the earliest provincial association for the encouragement of archaeology, was founded by Maurice Johnson, (1688-1755), ‘The Antiquary’, of Ayscoughfee Hall, Spalding. Francis, Duke of Buccleuch, (1695-1751), Lord of the Manor of Spalding-cum-Membris, became Patron of the Society in 1732.

Early members included a number of notable eighteenth century figures, among them Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Hans Sloane, President of the Royal Society, whose museum and library formed the nucleus of the British Museum, Alexander Pope, George Vertue, the engraver, Dr. William Stukeley, John Anstis, F.R.S. Garter King of Arms, John Gay, the poet, the Rev. Richard Bentley, D.D., and Captain John Perry, the engineer. Later, Sir Joseph Banks, Sir G. Gilbert Scott, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Pishey Thompson, the historian of Boston, Lord Curzon of Kedleston, Lord Peckover of Wisbech, and Lord Ancaster, the Society’s Patron from 1960 to 1983.

Venue Type:

Association or society

Opening hours

Monday 10-12, Thurs 7-9pm, by appointment only

Admission charges

free

Collection details

Archaeology, Literature, Personalities

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