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Lincolnshire

Being an irregularly shaped county, Lincolnshire nestles among its neighbors bearing two of the most important factors in considering a place’s quality: its people and what these people have created from what they have been given.

Considering these two, one cannot help but say that Lincolnshire is prosperous. Its people are united as citizens and try as much as they could to help each other in times of needs. However, the most important thing that the people have done is nurturing the county and taking care of it until it has developed to what it is at the present.

In connection with this, the second important most important thing is the way the people took care and nurtured their environment as well as how they developed it to be a place where one can feel comfortable living in, as well a having fun and enjoying life in.

Given this, the county of Lincolnshire is said to be of average sized located a few miles north of London. The county is a mixture of new and old, as well as developed and untouched.

After a few days of experiencing the beauty that is Lincolnshire, only then can one truly say that something is definitely worth going back to. It is home to not only the locals but to everyone. This homey feel is evident in the air.

The Districts

The county of Lincolnshire is then divided into several districts, namely: Lincoln, The Borough of Boston, East Lindsey, West Lindsey, North Kesteven, South Kesteven, South Holland, North Lincolnshire, and, the last but never the least, North East Lincolnshire.

These districts, which are composed of several known market towns, also unite to form a united county. This unity further enables the people to have the heart and the mind to develop and care for the environment as well as to make it into something attractive, educational, and fun.

Lincoln

Lincoln

Though small, Lincoln has been designated as the county town of the county of Lincolnshire. The town has a population of more than a hundred thousand people, a majority of which are happily employed.

Geographically speaking, the town is divided into two: the uphill and the downhill, in which one is where residential buildings and a few historic establishments are located, while the other is where one can find the city center, respectively.

History and Attractions

Historically, the city is significant in a way. It can be traced to the Iron Age Era, which has been dated from about the 1st century BC. It has also thrived and been through several ages after that, such as the Medieval Era. Moreover, it showcases major attractions such as the Lincoln Castle, The University of Lincoln, and the famous Lincoln Cathedral.

Other minor attractions in the area include The Brayford Pool, the Newport Arch, The House of Aaron, The Collection, The Museum of Lincolnshire Life and the Sir Joseph’s Bank Conservatory. They are also famous for the annual Christmas Market held at the Castle Grounds starting from the first Thursday of December.

Lincoln is known for many things, particularly for it being the county town. However, it has a lot more to offer aside from that. They can be proud of many things from its peaceful and good-natured people, beautiful country appeal, to its boosting city centre, which offers each and every kind of everything one could possibly want and need.

The Lincoln Castle

The most famous attraction which can be found in the city is the well-known and quite historic Lincoln Castle located in the “uphill” side. It is the most visited for its significance in the years since the founding of the town. It is also where most of Lincoln’s and Lincolnshire’s events are held.

History

The castle is a preserved legacy from the Norman times. It was established due to order of William the Conqueror during the late 11th century B.C when they came to invade the city.

At that time, it was a Viking commercial center with a few thousands of people occupying the town. Seeing that it was a great site for trade as well as for access from other Norman settlements, the castle was built and completed in the year 1068.

Another significant historical event that occurred in the castle is the battle between King Stephen and Empress Maud for the throne of England. After the battle, repairs were made and a new Lucy Tower was built. In a way, the castle was quite unique, with it having two motes.

An Attraction

As of now, it is a museum, which holds one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta. It is housed in a specialized vault, built together in a 3-year renovation programme to be finished in the year 2015. Its grounds also feature the remains of Lincoln’s Eleanor Cross as well as several tombstones of criminals who were executed at the castle a few hundred years ago.

Lincoln Cathedral

Another well-known attraction is the Lincoln Cathedral, also known as The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln. It is the parish church of the County and a place of worship. The cathedral is not an ordinary one, for it was once the tallest building in the world for about 238 years (1311-1549), as well as the current seat of the Bishop of Lincoln.

History

According to records, the first cathedral was finished by Bishop Remigius in 1092. Due to poor built and the materials used at the time it was built, the cathedral was almost destroyed by fire and earthquake. It has also been through a lot of renovations and repairs throughout time up to its glorious appearance at the present.

A Cathedral, An Attraction

Aside from being a cathedral, having an awe-inspiring architecture and housing the Magna Carta, the cathedral is also known for the Lincoln Imp, which is found in the Angel Choir and heard from most folklores, the remains of the shrine of the little boy known as Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln, and the wide Wren Library, which houses some rare collections.

A Church, Despite All

Despite everything, however, the cathedral is a church. It is a beautiful place, which is perfect for a pilgrimage and perfect for being the house of God. It is where one can learn, discover, and see God through the beautiful walls as well as to appreciate Him in every book and feature available.


The Borough of Boston

The Borough of Boston

Another district of Lincolnshire is the Borough of Boston, with a borough status. This part was once part of South Holland, however, it was separated from the other district with the 1974 changes.

Located a few miles south west of the county town of Lincoln, the borough has around 55,000 people according to the 2001 survey. However, since more than ten years have passed since that survey, it is no doubt that the number has doubled by the present.

The borough faces the sea and nestles between three bigger districts. Inside the borough, the largest town one can find is the town of Boston. The town has a lot of attractions to see. If the whole district was a country, Boston would have been the capital

Aside from that, the borough is admired for its scenic landscapes of the English countryside, which was left untouched for everyone to admire.

Boston

The town of Boston is the largest in the district known as The Borough of Boston in the county of Lincolnshire. It is located north of Greenwich on the Prime Meridian.

Boston is a quite big town, with a population of more than 64,000 in a 2011 survey. Ten years before that, it had the population of around 35,000 people, showing that the city has quite a growth rate.

Known to have a twin in the United States, the town of Boston in Lincolnshire is somewhat more rustic compared to its counterpart. It is industrialized, complete with necessities; however, it has been left behind by its twin, which has gained more in the last hundred years.

Although it may seem inferior, it is actually not. The town possesses quite a charm found not only in the people but also from several of its attractions, which have attracted quite an attention from both locals and visitors alike.

The town is known for several wonderful sites, the most famous of these includes The Boston Stump and The Bubblecar Museum.

The Boston Stump

More fondly called as “The Boston Stump”, Saint Botolph’s Parochial Church of Boston stands tall overlooking The Fens in the town of Boston. It is one of the largest parish churches in England, as well as one of the few with the tallest medieval designed towers.

History

The site of the current church was once the site on a small Norman church, this said with regards to the evidences found such as pillars, stones, and several coffins from that time.

In 1309, the construction began. Less than 150 years after, around 1390, it was completed. However, the tower was constructed in the year 1450 and was completed in 1510.

Up to the 19th century, the church had the tallest roof, compared to every building in the county.

Moreover, a few years after the 19th century, it became an important landmark for being the marker for sea travelers, as well as a sign for pilots during the two World Wars.

The Church

As of the present, the church is still quite big and has a lot to offer, aside from religious services.

It has a library, which was built during the 17th century. By the 20th century, the church library has already acquired more than a thousand collections of volumes and other manuscripts.

Moreover, several fundraising events are held every year for different purposes, but definitely for a cause. There are concerts of every kind held in the church a few dates in throughout the year.

Stories and Such

Being a local infrastructure in Boston, The Stump has had a few sightings and paranormal stuff linked with it through the years. It is not certain whether these stories are true or not, but, certainly most of the people in the two knows these.

For instance, there are stories of ghosts jumping of the tower of the church. This jump somehow tells the story of their life and deaths. Aside from that, there is also the story about the strong winds in the octagonal tower of the church. Some say that it is due to a fight between Saint Botolph and the Devil.

These stories may be true, or maybe not, but somehow it serves the purpose of giving more life to the existence of the church in the town.

The Bubblecar Museum

Another famous attraction, which can be found in the city of Boston is The Bubblecar Museum. The museum is a one of a kind place, which has been award The Certificate of Excellence 2014 by TripAdvisor for its excellent services and facilities.

This museum is built specially for the collection of over fifty 1950/1960’s microcars, as well as scooters. It is more on three wheeled vehicles, but with a touch of retro, making the place look nice and feel comfortable. It is not only for those who love cars, but for everyone who wants to learn about them.

Moreover, a visit to such a museum will surely fill your mind with nostalgia as you are bombarded with memories of those times through the exhibits of this wonderful collection.

The museum also has a camping site, especially for those from far away who wants to spend the night or day at the camping grounds. The facilities are complete.

Lastly, they have a few memorabilia, which one can buy and take to remember their visit by.


East Lindsey

East Lindsey

This district in Lincolnshire is the biggest one, and it is named the district of East Lindsey, which can be found a few miles east of the county town of Lincoln. The district encompasses in its territory places such as Alford, Skegness, Mablethorpe, Horncastle, and Chapel St. Leonards, among others.

The district itself is so big that it acquired a few titles of its own, such as being “the fifth largest district in England’ and even going as far as being bigger than a few other counties.

Moreover, East Lindsey is simply beside the sea, giving it an upper hand as being one of the places with lots of beaches and drawing in people from all over the county, as well as visitors, especially during the summer season.

The most famous beaches are usually found in Skegness and Mablethorpe, two places which boasts of its award winning beaches. Aside from that, there are also other factors, such as city centers, where one can shop all they want, caravans, and theme parks, where one can ride rides and have fun, both children and adult alike.

Skegness

One of the most well-visited places and towns in the district of East Lindsey, Skegness is a seaside town which offers a great variety of things, the most famous of which are its beaches.

As one can see on maps, Skegness can be found on the south-eastern side of the district of East Lindsey and is situated in the drier side, making it more appropriate and enjoyable for hanging out in the beach.

History

Known once as a fishing village and small port, the small town only flourished at the coming of industrialization brought by the coming of the railways and the trains.

The town was then planned to become a resort in 1877.

The Present

As of the present, the town, made famous by the character Jolly Fisherman, has gone a long way from being the typical seaside town it was before.

Now, the town features a complete set of city centre, which includes food centers and necessities, as well as places for entertainment, such as caravans, carnivals, arcades, and etc.

Several seaside resorts have been developed throughout the years, gaining it the reputation of being a place of beaches. It has become quite a sensational getaway and vacation site.

Aside from that, the city offers a lot more, considering everything one can see through the eyes and in the surroundings.

Natureland Seal Sanctuary

A place for injured seals and many other animals, Natureland Seal Sanctuary is somewhat of a rehabilitation center found on North Parade, in the town of Skegness, where stranded animals are brought to recuperate.

These animals are usually those found accidentally on beaches and most of the times are composed of the young seals, which are reared inside the sanctuary before releasing back to the wild.

That’s right! Natureland Seal Sanctuary, as per its name, specializes on seals in particular. Majority of the sanctuary are composed of these wonderful and smart creatures that have a knack for everything.

Aside from that, other animals on display include penguins, crocodiles, goat sheep, tarantulas, snakes, mice, terrapin, scorpions, birds, meerkats and tropical butterflies.

For facilities, the sanctuary is not lacking for it has a toilet, available for everyone’s use, a café, where one can grab a bite or two, a gift shop, for memorabilia, and small area for children who loves to have a hand on an activity.

The place sure offers a great time for family and friends, in the employment of our furry friends.

Alford

Another of the several towns of interest in the district of East Lindsey is the small town of Alford.

Located a few miles east of the county town of Lincoln, the town of Alford is somewhat smaller, having at least all the necessities a small town can have. However, though this may be said, the town is not to be pitied for it is proud enough and established enough with a population of more than three thousand people during the survey in 2001, which no doubt has doubled 13 years after.

The town has quite a city centre, having a market, several beautiful public houses, medical facilities, financial establishments, and even a crematorium.

The People, Remarkable

What makes the town quite beautiful, on the other hand, is not the wealth it has to boast off, but rather its people who has quite the sense to think of and continue the annual Alford’s Craft Market, held on a bank holiday in the month of August since the 70’s.

Having such events and continuing them is a treasure for every town, whether it be big or small.

In fact, it is quite a well-thought of event for it showcases crafts, people’s artworks and handiworks which they have poured their heart and talent in making.

Alford and The Famous Mill

Aside from the crafts market, Alford is also known for its remarkable landmark, which is a five-sailed, tower mill.

Being one of the few working windmills in Lincolnshire, this five-sailed mill is not only a site to behold but rather a working mill, which grounds organic flour and cereal.

Built by Sam Oxley in 1837, the grade I listed five-sailed mill operated until 1955. It was stopped and was restored to working two years after.

Until the present, the mill is considered to be the “finest working mill in the county”, according to several travel sites such as TripAdvisor.

As of the present, the mill is quite an awe-inspiring and magnificent structure visited by guests and locals, repeatedly. One can have a nice tea outside while looking at it, then buy some things from the gift shop afterwards. Whichever it is, it is always quite nice to come by sometime.


West Lindsey

West Lindsey

Found bordering the county town of Lincoln to the north, the district of West Lindsey comprises quite a land with its massive size, both of which can be seen clearly with a map.

Somehow in parallels to its size, there is a lot waiting to be seen in the district of West Lindsey. Being accessible enough through several modes of transportation and having the some of the best academic results in England, it is not surprising that the district is well-visited.

It is home to RAF Scampton, where one can find the Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, as well as the district where one can find the Lincolnshire Wolds. Moreover, the famous Lincolnshire Show is held at the Lincolnshire Showgrounds, which can be found within the said district as well.

Aside from these three things, West Lindsey encompasses such beautiful towns, including: Gainsborough, Market Rasen, Sudbrooke, Cherry Willingham, Caistor, Nettleham, Wilton and Kilby, all of which are a pride in its own.

Market Rasen

One of the many towns of the district of West Lindsey, Market Rasen lies on the eastern side of the district and north-east of the county town of Lincoln. It has a population of about 3,200 in 2001.

The small market town has a few necessary establishments, with it being a town. The city has a police station, a fire station, and a market, with market days dividing the farmer’s market and the country market.

Moreover, the town may be small, but its beauty is its character made more unique by the 19th century red brick Georgian and Victorian features found in most houses surrounding the market place in the town.

Aside from that homogenous beauty, the place does have some outstanding sites such as the Market Rasen Racecourse, among many others.

The Racecourse

One of Market Rasen’s top sites to visit, the Market Rasen Racecourse is an outstanding and well-loved facility, which offers comfort while showing off a clear view of the race.

The facility has class combined with efficiency, especially with its clean toilets, wide parking space, and reasonably-priced food and drinks.

There might be an entrance fee, compared to some other racecourses, but, it definitely is worth every dime with the organization and the staff is helpful and friendly, especially to first time visitors.

However, though we can really appreciate care while watching a race, which is offered by this facility, what makes it more wonderful is the treatment and concern given to race horses, which is definitely worth it.

Well, it’s nice to see your horse win, but it would always feel better knowing that even if only one horse is the winner, all of them are treated with care.

Gainsborough

Opposite the market town of Market Rasen, to the west of the district of West Lindsey, is where one can find the town of Gainsborough.

King Canute at Gainsborough

Combing through history, one can find that the town existed from the Anglo-Saxon era, with it being one of the capitals of Mercia.

Moreover, a few years after that, during the Danish rule, it is said that Gainsborough was where King Canute demonstrated that he had no power over anything despite being the ruler of his kingdom. It was such a wonderful tale with quite a lesson.

The Town in Glory

Situated just beside River Trent, Gainsborough is known to be Britain’s most inland port.

Moreover, since the river banks were renovated, it gives locals access to the river, in the end making possible the creation of an annual Gainsborough Riverside Festival every second weekend of June.

Some of the most attractive landmarks of the town includes Gainsborough Old Hall, Whitton Mills, Marshall Yards, and a water tower built in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Gainsborough Old Hall

Built by Thomas Burgh in between 1460-1480, Gainsborough Old Hall is a magnificent 15th century house, with a Great Hall and a brick tower.

It is one of the best preserved houses in Britain, which is probably due to its historical significance as well as it gorgeous embodiment of medieval architecture before the coming of the Renaissance. It is even said that the hall was visited by royalties, such as King Richard III and King Henry the VIII.

As for the present, the Old Hall is the top visitor attraction at Gainsborough, especially with its features, as well as the variety of its events and exhibitions. It was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2014 by a travel site known as TripAdvisor, describing it to be a “hidden gem in Lincolnshire”.

Managed by the English heritage, the house is well kept, taking care not to ruin its features and even going as far as to decorate it to give the full effect. It is indeed one remarkable and historical experience.


North Kesteven

North Kesteven

Found south of both Lincoln and the district of West Linsey, North Kesteven is a district with quite an underdeveloped transport infrastructure. However, since the district is big enough, the people compensates for it by providing their own.

Since the last few years, people have come to North Kesteven for low housing cost and a relatively peaceful life close to nature. It is not surprising then to say that the district itself has a total population of about 108,000 and more.

Aside from that, the district is home to two RAF bases, one in Cranwell, and a few medieval English infrastructures.

Cranwell

Instead of being a town, Cranwell is a village located at the center of the district of North Kesteven. Some says that this unique name somehow comes from the phrase, “spring where cranes are found”.

One quite simple landmark which is found in the city center and is in a way figuratively the city’s center is the 14th century market cross, the remains of the village cross. Considered as a national monument, the cross is where announcement were announced.

Aside from that, another site which is in a way a landmark is the Aviation Heritage Center found in the village.

Aviation Heritage Center

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Center is a center where one can learn about the beginnings of the most famous RAF base in the county known as RAF Cranwell. It is somehow a place where one can trace the beginnings through history and evidences.

Aside from a timeline of some sort, the heritage center has an exhibition of a lot of awesome things such as the exhibition of a jet provost aircraft and a vampire nose cone.

There are also a few activities that elicit some king of interaction, such as the following: flight simulator, aircraft recognition, supply drop and many others.

Though it is small, it is definitely worth the trip. There are also food stations where one can buy a drink or a few snacks for only a very reasonable price.

I say nothing is better for a destination with family in the village. The place is good and well-kept while the staff is knowledgeable and friendly, at the same time.

Sleaford

A town located a few miles south of Lincoln, Sleaford is named as such due to the combination of two Old English words, esla and forde, to make up a name which means ford over a muddy stream.

As a developing town, Sleaford has become an opposite of what it was before. Before the advancement in technology, Sleaford was an agricultural town, however, it has already veered off from that route as it develops into a more tourist-friendly town.

The Old Sleaford

Excavations from the town reveals a great deal of coins, burials, houses, and other equipment traced to be from the Iron Age, with the tribe known as Corieltauvi dwelt in these lands. A few other burial from both the Anglo-Roman and the Anglo-Saxon era was also found.

It is said that the town was given to the first bishop of Lincoln, Remigius de Fecamp, by William the Conqueror.

Sleaford at the Present

Since a few years back, due to industrialization, the town has become quite accessible. Tourism has flourished, giving the town another source of income.

Among the many visited sites in Sleaford, the most famous of which is the Cogglesford Mill, a mill from the 17th century, the Money’s Mill, and the ruins of the Sleaford Castle.

Aside from the many medieval sites, Sleaford is also proud of their markets during Thursday to Monday, which can be traced back even before the year 1202. Another event is raft race, which has been a tradition since 1912.

The Cogglesford Mill

One of Sleaford’s many attractions is the Cogglesford Mill, which is said to be the Lincolnshire last working water mill and probably the last working Sheriff Mill in England.

Cogglesford Mill is a Grade II listed water mill, which sits on the bank of River Slea. It is made up of red brick, but, is quite sturdy as it has survived from the 18th century up to the present. Somehow, a structure with this appearance contrasts with the pond at its back, making it look more and more ancient.

The mill produces organic stoneground flour and is open daily throughout the summer season.


South Kesteven

South Kesteven

Just below North Kesteven, is another district known as South Kesteven. South Kesteven is district encompassing towns such as Grantham, Stamford, Bourne, and Market Deeping.

The district is composed of healthy people, giving it a boost of 134,000 and more people during the 2011 survey, the biggest number of people following East Lindsey. Moreover, majority of these lived in the cities, making them least deprived.

Given this, the town is quite developed and the people have stable jobs in different fields. The economy is stable and there are business centres in its towns.

Somehow, all of these qualities, combined with the scenic landscapes and medieval ruins, has made North Kesteven quite a tourist-friendly district, with landmarks such as, a YHA youth hostel, the South Kesteven Round, the Burghley House in Stamford, and the Belton House in Grantham, among many others.

Stamford

Found East in the district of South Kesteven, Stamford is a town well-known for its 17th and 18th century buildings and medieval churches and ruins. It is an outstanding area of architectural and historic interest, which is considered as a national importance.

In a way, these are the qualities that boost up tourism in the town.

The town centre, on the other hand, is composed of a number of known brands and independent retailers. This makes it quite an interesting place to shop for most people.

Aside from that, the town is quite accessible, may it be through foot, bus, car, and even the railways.

Given all of these, we can say that Stamford is definitely an interesting and intriguing place to visit once in a while. It boasts several wonderful landmarks such as the Burghley House, a huge Elizabethan mansion, and Tolethorpe Hall.

Aside from these sites, the town is also famous for having a 700 year old tradition known as the bull-running festival. Although it was ended, it is still in the memories of the town how King John started the town’s traditional customs.

The place where the bull-running was done used to be known as the Bull Meadows, remained in the town, but only as The Meadows alone.

Grantham

Grantham is another of South Kesteven’s many developed towns. It is quite famous for being the birth place of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, as well as for being the place where the diesel engine and the first tractor where produced.

The Bygone Days

According to evidences, the town has existed for more than a thousand years. This can be said due to some materials excavated, which was deemed to come from the Paleolithic and Mesolithic times. Some are even from the Bronze Age.

This said, Grantham has definitely been through a lot of events in the history.

Today at Grantham

As of the present, Grantham is quite developed with food processing plants, engineering units, and a few other facilities, which definitely emphasized it growth.

Grantham is famous for both its landmarks and its traditions. Several of its well-known landmarks include St. Wulfram’s Church, Grantham House, the Belton House, and the Woolstorphe Manor.

Aside from these, they are also known for their traditions including the
Grantham Parade, the Grantham Festival, the Grantham Festival of Music, as well as Kesteven Schools’ Speech and Drama Festival.

It also has quite charming in its natural beauty, which can be seen in its surrounding countryside and woodland.

The Belton House

Considered as one of Grantham’s many but prestigious landmarks, the Belton House is a Grade I mansion and country house, complete with gardens and walkways towards the woods. Looking at it, it definitely is the embodiment of a historic English country house.

It was owned by the Brownlow and Cust family, who handed it to the National Trust, with everything in it, due to financial difficulties. Since then, it was preserved and is visited by thousands of tourist every year.

Made of Carolean architecture, the Belton house is quite a charming, especially as it is surrounded by the Italian Garden, the Orangery, and the Church.

Woolsthorpe Manor

Famous for being the birthplace of the well-known Sir Isaac Newton, the Woolsthorpe Manor is a 17th century farmhouse and a modest manor in the village of Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth in the town of Grantham.

The manor is where the famous scientist and mathematician went home to when he is not at school. This breaks made possible the discovery of gravity as the late Sir Newton looked out from his window to the apple tree. It is also the place where he thought about light.

The manor was developed as people-friendly, where one can visit with the family in order to see quite a historic site as well as to experience several educational activities both for children and adults.

Woolshthorpe manor has been preserved and is still standing as of the present, including the famous apple tree.


South Holland

South Holland

Traced beside South Kesteven in the southern part of the county of Lincolnshire, South Holland is a district, with its council based on the town of Spalding.

There isn’t much information about South Holland. However, we can say that although it is developed, it is still filled with the pure beauty of nature in the countryside coupled with the development of the cities.

Rising from a population of more than 88,000, we can say that there is a slow growth in the number as well as a growth of improvement for the district.

South Holland is known for its many historic buildings, one of which includes Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall Museum.

Moreover, it is quite visited for it rustic country appeal and beautiful English landscapes.

Spalding

A market town of more than 28,000 people as its population, Spalding is quite a famous town with its annual Spalding Flower Parade, the last of which was celebrated last year, 2013, and the annual Pumpkin Festival in October.

Dating back from the Roman period, Spalding has since moved unto being one of the top towns of the district, if not the top already. It is quite industrialized with several industrial companies.

Aside from that, Spalding is mainly agricultural, supplying quite a number of crops, vegetables and fruits to other towns and districts, with its abundance of potatoes, peas, wheat, barley, broccoli, and many others. Only a few of these are sold locally, with rarities such as custard apple.

Spalding is also famous for its tulips and Tulips Parade, as well as landmarks, such as the Ayscoughfee Hall and the Pinchbeck Emgine Museum, among many others.

There is also a town center, complete with shops of different varieties, as well as access through town by road or by railway.

Ayscoughfee Hall

One of the many landmarks of the town of Spalding in the district of Lincolnshire, Ayscoughfee Hall is quite a gem for being a Grade I listed building with wide charming gardens.

Preserved and unchanged, the hall was completed by the year 1451 for a local wool merchant known as Richard Ailwyn. It has transferred ownership several times until 1896, when it was bought on behalf of the people as a memorial of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

The hall was turned into a museum. On 2003, it was closed for restoration and reopened in 2006, with a whole new set of improvement, but retaining its old features which gives it its charm.

It is beautiful to visit, especially with each and every piece of history inside and the calming effect of the well-laid out gardens around it.

North East Lincolnshire

One of the unitary are which makes up the ceremonial county of Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire encompasses such towns as Cleethorpes, Grimsby, and Immingham, among several others.

These three big towns form the Greater Grimsby, the economic are of the district. Its industries are quite modern, including food and beverages, energy, chemicals, and other big industries.

The district is made more powerful by several accesses including rail, road, and water. This water access is considered a national importance due to the ports of Immingham and Grimsby, which when combined is considered to have the largest tonnage of freight in the whole of UK.

Aside from that, tourism also has quite an effect on the unitary authority, especially with landmarks such as the Pleasure Island and the Waltham Windmill.

Cleethorpes

Known for its beaches and port, Cleethorpes is a town and a seaside resort with a population of about 31,000 people. It is located north-east of Lincoln and the path of the Greenwich Meridian.

Starting from being a fishing village a few hundred years back, the town of Cleethorpes has improved to be quite a town with resorts, pier, and a leisure centre. It is also famous for its landmarks including the long stretch of beach, the Kingsway Gardens, and the Ross Castle.

Pleasure Island

Aside from its famous beaches, another famous part of Cleethorpes is its Pleasure Island Theme Park or Pleasure Island to most people.

Pleasure Island opened in 1993 under Flamingo Land and was transferred to Melanie Wood in 2010. It is divided into six parts, namely: Africa, Kiddies Kingdom, Morocco, Old England, Spain, and White Knuckle Valley, all of which have their own variety of rides fit for their theme.

There are several roller coasters, thrill rides, family rides, kiddie rides, and water rides. There are also several shows of comedy and some involving animals such as birds and seals.

Aside from this whole load of entertainment, Pleasure Island also has several restaurants and eateries, wherein one can grab a bite to eat or a drink after a ride. There are also shops, where one can buy some souvenirs and memorabilia.

It is indeed one complete package of fun.


North Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire

Another unitary authority in the county of Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire is found north of both West Lindsey and the county town of Lincoln. It includes within it the major towns such as Scunthorpe, Brigg, and Barton-upon-Humber.

There is not much information on this unitary authority but it is known to be quite big, with a population of about 167,500 during the survey in the year 2011.

The land area is big as well, making it home to several beautiful sites such as St. Hybald Church, Mount Pleasant Mill, Thornton Abbey and Humber Bridge, among many others.

Moreover, it is most famous for its quite old tradition known as the Haxey Hood, celebrated in the village of Haxey.

The Haxey Hood

Most likely to be the oldest tradition in England, The Haxey Hood is an important event and a traditional custom celebrated every 6th of July in a village called Haxey in north Lincolnshire.

It is similar to football or rugby, where players run around the field in chase of a leather tube referred to as the “hood”. Their aim is to shoot it to one of the four pubs, where iit will remain until the next Haxey Hood celebration the following year.

The origin of such a custom is quite a story of chivalry, which one may take figuratively to mean something having quite a lesson.

Nevertheless, it is important and is still practiced until the present.