Spilsby in 1839
Spilsby is in the soke of Bolingbroke, in the parts of Lindsey, 133 miles from London through Boston. The parish comprehends 2,340 acres, with a population. in 1831 of 1,384, of which a very small portion was agricultural. The town consists of four streets meeting in a spacious market-place. The town-hall, a plain brick building on arches, stands at one end of a row of houses in the centre of the market-place, and the market-cross, a plain octangular shaft rising from a quadrangular base and terminating in a vane, at the other end. The church is an irregular pile, having at the west end a handsome tower of later date than the rest of the building : it contains several ancient monuments. There is a weekly market on Monday. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Lincoln, of the clear yearly value of £109. There were in 1833 three dame-schools with 50 children ; one day-school, partially endowed, with 60 scholars; a national day and Sunday school, with 75 children in the week and 70 on Sundays ; another national school with thirty scholars ; three other day-schools with 52 scholars; and one Sunday-school with 110 children.