Horncastle and Alford

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Horncastle 

Head east toward Horncastle and Tumby and take the A158 at the roundabout and the 1st exit, A16 at the roundabout take the 2nd exit, A1104 and arrive in Horncastle.

A market town mainly for agriculture set in the Lincolnshire Wolds with stunning 18th and 19th architecture. Horncastle is mentioned in Domesday Book, when it was listed as consisting of 41 households, including twenty-nine villagers and twelve smallholders, and had 100 acres of meadow and two mills, all belonging to King William. Roman Horncastle has become known as Banovallum although this may not what the Romans called it, but this name has been adopted some local businesses and the secondary modern school. The walls of the Roman fort remain in places, one section is in the town’s library, which is built over the top of the wall. There is the 13th century St Marys church which is a grade II listed building which was restored between 1859-61. It has Market days on Thursday and Saturdays and a farmers market the second Thursday in every month. The town used to be famous for its horse fair which lasted until 1948, but the town is now renowned for its numerous antique shops.

St Marys

St Marys

Horncatle River Bain

Horncatle River Bain

Bridge St - West Street

Bridge St – West Street

Alford

A market town in the Lincolnshire Wolds famous for craft markets, Tuesday is market day but the small town is worth a walk around if you arrive on a non market day. Take a  visit to the Alford pottery, the 14th century St Wilford church and the 5 sailed Windmill built in 1837 and restored to working order in 1957, the last one surviving in Alford. It is still used commercially and can grind between 4 and 5 tons of grain a day to produce oats and flour.

Visit the Alford Manor House, the largest thatched manor house in the country which holds exhibitions and have tearooms with open gardens.

Alford is the gateway to the east coast sea side towns the largest being Skegness only 13 miles away.

Alford

Alford

Alford Church

Alford Church

Alford Windmill

Alford Windmill