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Woodhall Spa
 
Woodhall Spa, 617 Squadron Memorial
Woodhall Spa, 617 Squadron Memorial
Woodhall Spa, 617 Squadron Memorial

World War 2 memorial to 617 "Dam Buster" Squadron RAF.

"Wall in the form of a breached dam, with 617 Squadron crest and dedication inscribed on the central sloping tablet, which forms the breach.

Flanking this the wall represents the remaining dam, with three recesses each side forming the spillways.

The names are inscribed on slate tablets, mounted inside the spillways"

https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/20485 

DB 18 April 2018 

Woodhall Spa, war memorial, 617 squadron, RAF, dam buster
Woodhall Spa, 617 Squadron Memorial
Woodhall Spa, 617 Squadron Memorial
Woodhall Spa, 617 Squadron Memorial

Post World War 2 memorial.

DB 18 April 2018 

Woodhall Spa,
Woodhall Spa, Baths and Doctor's House
Woodhall Spa, Baths and Doctor's House
Woodhall Spa, Baths and Doctor's House

Thomas Hotchkin built the spa baths in the late 1830s after discovering health-giving iodine-rich water in a disused well. The well collapsed in 1983 and has been disused ever since.

Wrench series postcard sent from Dewsbury to Bardney in 1920.

 

Woodhall Spa, baths
Woodhall Spa, Golf Course
Woodhall Spa, Golf Course
Woodhall Spa, Golf Course

Woodhall Spa's first 18-hole golf course opened in 1905. It was built on land given by Stafford Hotchkin, a local landowner.

Now named the Hotchkin Course, it is considered one of the finest in the country.

This photograph shows play on the eighteenth green.

Undated Postcard

Woodhall Spa, Golf Course, Stafford Hotchkin,
Woodhall Spa, Kinema In The Woods
Woodhall Spa, Kinema In The Woods
Woodhall Spa, Kinema In The Woods

The Kinema opened in 1922 following its conversion from a sports pavilion.

The only full time cinema in the UK still using rear projection. A second screen was added in 1994. 

DB 28 December 2017

Woodhall Spa, Kinema
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill (1)
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill (1)
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill (1)

This mill was built in the 1880s with a steam engine alongside to replace an earlier post mill.

It suffered a severe fire in 1887 and was reinstated with engine-driven machinery.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill (2)
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill (2)
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill (2)

Kirkstead Mill had six storeys and four sails nad is now severely truncated.

Location of mill: TF 176 626

Peter Kirk Collection, 2001
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Woodhall Spa, Our Lady & St Peter, Roman Catholic Church
Woodhall Spa, Our Lady & St Peter, Roman Catholic Church
Woodhall Spa, Our Lady & St Peter, Roman Catholic Church

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-

"There is a Catholic chapel, erected in 1896 and dedicated to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and St. Peter, and will seat about 200"

DB 26 January 2019

Woodhall Spa, Our Lady & St Peter, Roman Catholic Church, Cromwell Avenue
Woodhall Spa, Our Lady & St Peter, Roman Catholic Church
Woodhall Spa, Our Lady & St Peter, Roman Catholic Church
Woodhall Spa, Our Lady & St Peter, Roman Catholic Church

"The church was badly damaged in 1943 and had to be restored by local contractors.

The parish hall was blessed and opened in 2000.

Between 1959 and 1994, the parish was served by a conventual branch of the Franciscan Order, but has now returned to the diocesan clergy"

http://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/parishes/our-lady-and-st-peter-woodhall-spa 

DB 26 January 2019

Woodhall Spa, Our Lady & St Peter, Roman Catholic Church, Cromwell Avenue
Woodhall Spa, Our Lady & St Peter, Roman Catholic Church
Woodhall Spa, Our Lady & St Peter, Roman Catholic Church
Woodhall Spa, Our Lady & St Peter, Roman Catholic Church

Foundation stone dated 1896.

"Father Peter Sabela from Grantham said the first Mass at the new town in 1895.

The Church also obtained the building site in 1895 and laid the foundation stone for the church building the following year, its first dedication being to Father Sabela's own patron saint, S. Peter.

When Woodhall was given her own priest in 1900 and so achieved independence, the dedication to Our Lady was added"

http://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/parishes/our-lady-and-st-peter-woodhall-spa 

DB 26 January 2019

Woodhall Spa, Our Lady & St Peter, Roman Catholic Church, Cromwell Avenue, Sabela
Woodhall Spa, Petwood Hotel
Woodhall Spa, Petwood Hotel
Woodhall Spa, Petwood Hotel

The Petwood was built as a private house in woodland north of the village centre in 1905. Frank Peck was the architect.

The originakl owners were the Sir Archibald and Lady Grace Weigall.

undated postcard

Woodhall Spa, Petwood Hotel, Weigall, Frank Peck
Woodhall Spa, Petwood Hotel
Woodhall Spa, Petwood Hotel
Woodhall Spa, Petwood Hotel

Main entrance to the hotel on the north side.

T R Leach Collection, undated photograph

Woodhall Spa, Petwood Hotel
Woodhall Spa, Post Office
Woodhall Spa, Post Office
Woodhall Spa, Post Office

Inscription at top of building states

"WOODHALL SPA

VR

POST OFFICE"

Three Royal Mail vans waiting outside. 

DB 18 April 2018

Woodhall Spa, Post Office, Royal Mail
Woodhall Spa, Railway Station
Woodhall Spa, Railway Station
Woodhall Spa, Railway Station

Woodhall Spa station was on the 7-mile line opened in 1855 between Kirkstead (later Woodhall Junction) and Horncastle. Passenger services ceased in 1954 and goods traffic in 1971.

This view looking west from the station shows the extremely acute angle of the road and railway crossing.  Cyclists could find this hazardous.

This postcard was posted in 1909.

Woodhall Spa, railway station
Woodhall Spa, Railway Station
Woodhall Spa, Railway Station
Woodhall Spa, Railway Station

Woodhall Spa was the only intermediate station on the Horncastle branch railway which opened in 1855.

This is the Broadway level crossing and, in the foreground, is the site of the passenger station.

Passenger trains stopped running on the line in 1954 and the station was demolished. Goods trains continued to use the line until final closure in 1971.

Space was very limited by the railway and the town’s only goods siding was further south, beyond a second level crossing. The siding was in use until 1964.

Peter Grey Archive, 1970

Woodhall Spa, railway station
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew

The church of St Andrew, Woodhall Spa was built in 1846 and demolished in the late 1950s.

It stood at the north-western side of the crossroads in the centre of the town, where the small churchyard survives.

Because of the steep rise in population growth following the success of the spa, the much larger St Peter's church was built on Broadway in 1893. St Andrew's had only 190 'sittings'.

Postcard, undated

Woodhall Spa, St Andrew, demolished,
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew

A similar view of St Andrew's church. As a popular inland resort postcards of Woodhall Spa were numerous and included all the principal buildings of the village.

Undated postcard, courtesy David Skinns

Woodhall Spa, St Andrew
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew

Another postcard from the Edwardian period, emphasising the 'leafy' nature of Woodhall.

Undated postcard, courtesy David Skinns 

Woodhall Spa, St Andrew
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew
Woodhall Spa, St Andrew

A wintertime view of St Andrew's from Witham Road.

Undated postcard, courtesy David Skinns 

Woodhall Spa, St Andrew
Woodhall Spa, St Peter
Woodhall Spa, St Peter
Woodhall Spa, St Peter

A brick church, with a tiny half-timbered bell-turret and spire, St Peter’s was designed by Hodgson Fowler and opened in 1893, becoming the parish church in 1915.

The spacious interior has a carved rood screen and a reredos.

August 2013

Woodhall Spa, St Peter church, Hodgson Fowler
Woodhall Spa, St Peter, Interior
Woodhall Spa, St Peter, Interior
Woodhall Spa, St Peter, Interior

St Peter’s was built in 1893 to accommodate the town’s growing population and increasing visitor numbers.

Designed by C H Fowler with seating for 500 people, the church is brick outside and in, with a broad nave and broad south aisle.

The chancel was completed in 1904, with a fine stone reredos behind the altar (shown here).

In 1915 St Peter’s replaced St Andrew’s as the Parish Church of Woodhall Spa.

See: www.woodhallspa.org
and Woodhall Spa - Past and Present by Marjorie Sargeant (pub  2008)

Woodhall Spa, St Peter church, interior, reredos, Charles Hodgson Fowler
Woodhall Spa, Tower On The Moor
Woodhall Spa, Tower On The Moor
Woodhall Spa, Tower On The Moor

The tower was probably built in the mid-15th century as a hunting lodge for Ralph Lord Cromwell whose castle was located 4 miles to the south at Tattershall.

 

Only this octagonal stair turret remains. Built largely of brick laid in English bond.

 

DB 28 December 2017

Woodhall Spa, Tower On The Moor, Ralph Lord Cromwell, Hunting Lodge
Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel
Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel
Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel

The Victoria Hotel at Woodhall was still profitable in 1920 when it was destroyed by fire.

Postcard, undated

Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel, fire,
Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel
Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel
Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel

The Victoria Hotel, showing here the new suites of rooms with balconies added in 1906.

Postcard, undated

Woodhall Spa,
Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel
Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel
Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel

The original Victoria Hotel opened in 1839, and catered for visitors to the recently opened bath house.

As Woodhall Spa 'took off' as a fashionable resort, the hotel expanded greatly, to provide appropriate accommodation for its 'society' guests.

 

Postcard, undated

Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel,
Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel
Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel
Woodhall Spa, Victoria Hotel

The Victoria Hotel, at the junction of Spa and Coronation Roads, was ideally placed for visitors to the bath house.

As Woodhall Spa 'took off' as a fashionable resort, the hotel expanded greatly, to provide appropriate accommodation for its 'society' guests.

Shown here are new suites of rooms with balconies added in 1906.

Postcard, undated

Woodhall Spa,
Woodhall Spa, Village Limits, Stixwould Road
Woodhall Spa, Village Limits, Stixwould Road
Woodhall Spa, Village Limits, Stixwould Road

Village Limits Country Pub, Restaurant and Motel; as its name suggests built immediately adjacent to the parish boundary.

Marked as Brickyard House on older maps. 

DB 13 March 2019 

Woodhall Spa, Village Limits Country Pub, Restaurant and Motel, Stixwould Road
Woodhall Spa, War Memorial
Woodhall Spa, War Memorial
Woodhall Spa, War Memorial

Unveiled 24th March 1923.

Commemorates the fallen in both world wars. 

DB 18 April 2018 

Woodhall Spa, War Memorial
Woodhall Spa, Wellington Monument
Woodhall Spa, Wellington Monument
Woodhall Spa, Wellington Monument

Erected in 1844 by Col. Richard Elmhurst. Granite obelisk surmounted by bust of the Duke of Wellington.

 

An inscribed panel on the base records that the adjacent Waterloo Wood was planted "from Acorns Sown Immediately After the Memorable Battle of Waterloo".

 

DB 28 December 2017 

Woodhall Spa, Richard Elmhurst, Duke of Wellington, Waterloo Wood
Woodhall Spa, Wellington Monument
Woodhall Spa, Wellington Monument
Woodhall Spa, Wellington Monument

Erected in 1844 by Col. Richard Elmhurst. Granite obelisk surmounted by bust of the Duke of Wellington.

 

An inscribed panel on the base records that the adjacent Waterloo Wood was planted "from Acorns Sown Immediately After the Memorable Battle of Waterloo".

 

DB 28 December 2017 

Woodhall Spa, Richard Elmhurst, Duke of Wellington, Waterloo Wood
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church

The striking red-brick chapel on Broadway opened in 1907, costing about £4000.

In the 1990s the chapel was sold for business use and the ancillary buildings to the rear on Iddesleigh Road were adapted for worship and other church and community activities.

August 2013

Woodhall Spa, Methodist Church
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church

"A Society was extant in 1851 and a chapel was opened on the 6.9.1899 in Iddesleigh Road.

A new chapel, built alongside the old one but facing The Broadway, was opened on the 5.8.1907 with the old chapel continued in use as a Sunday school.

A new organ was opened on the 18.4.1934.

The second chapel was sold in June 1994 and is now convened into business premises whilst the congregation continue to meet in the old chapel at the rear, reconverted for the purpose, with a membership of 77"

From "A List And Brief Details Of Chapels In The Coningsby Circuit Past And Present" prepared by Colin Shepherdson September 1997 (Revised July 1998). 

DB 26 January 2019

Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist, Chapel, Church, Iddesleigh Road
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church

Looking west towards the front of the church.

DB 26 January 2019

Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist, Chapel, Church, Iddesleigh Road
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church

Looking east towards the back of the church.

DB 26 January 2019

Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist, Chapel, Church, Iddesleigh Road
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church
Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist Church

East window triple lancet.

DB 26 January 2019

Woodhall Spa, Wesleyan Methodist, Chapel, Church, Iddesleigh Road