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The area has been occupied since pre-historic times.
Evidence for this can be found at nearby West Keal, where an Iron Age hill fort and defensive terraced earthworks were built at the tip of the Wolds promontory, overlooking the present village.
The next recorded charter to hold a weekly Monday market in the town and an annual fair in July was granted in 1302 to the Lord of the Manor, Norman noble Robert de Willoughby. At the east end of the town centre’s market place stands a medieval Buttercross monument.
The historian Nikolaus Pevsner suggests that the Spilsby Buttercross dates from as early as the 14th and certainly no later than the 16th century.
Many examples of medieval and post-medieval pottery shards were recovered from the site of the Eresby Manor’s moat by archeologist E. In 1769 the manor was destroyed by fire during the stewardship of the 19th Baron.
In 1849 six Roman funeral urns were dug up in nearby Fulletby.
It literally translates from the phrase "Spila's-by", where by is old Norse for "place of dwelling".
It lies at the southern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds and north of the Fenlands.
The town has been a rural market town for more than 700 years.