Taking the Waters at Woodhall Spa

Woodhall Spa's popularity with visitors has its origins as a fashionable resort in the Edwardian era, attracting thousands of visitors who sought the health-giving benefits of the spa waters. The spa developed as the result of a failed attempt to sink a coal mine. The mine shaft flooded and it was rumoured that arthritic cattle drinking the overflowing water had been cured. The Lord of the Manor, Thomas Hotchkin, a sufferer of gout, tried the water for himself and was so impressed with the results he built a pump room and bathhouse.

In time, grand hotels such as The Victoria and Royal Hydro were built offering luxury accommodation for the rich and famous who flocked here. Lodging houses catered for those further down the social scale. In between treatments, time was filled with genteel pursuits such as croquet, tennis and golf, strolls in the pine woods, tea dances and band concerts

The spa baths closed many years ago, but Woodhall Spa's many attractions keep visitors coming: from the charms of Jubilee Park with its outdoor swimming pool, and the unique Kinema in the Woods picture house formerly a concert pavilion to the delightful Cottage Museum, filled with entertaining stories about the local area.

The Spa Trail follows the track of the old Woodhall Junction to Horncastle railway line and can be followed on foot or by bike. And golfers can take aim at the National Golf Centre, a world-class course which prides itself as the 'Home of English Golf'.

Postcards from Lincolnshire - then and now

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