1844, the 295-ft spire of St James's Church, Louth, the finest late
Gothic steeple in England, was hit by lightning. When scaffolding
was put up to repair it, a local painter, William Brown, climbed up
to paint the panorama that now hangs in the Victorian town hall. It
shows a Georgian town with orderly streets and neat gardens.
is recognisably the same place today, getting on with life in the
green and beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, little noticed by the rest
of the world. This perfect little market town has wonderful
Georgian streets with many fine buildings including the grade II
listed All Seasons with the Louth Manor House across the road and
hundreds of others from 17th century onwards.
is thriving and has a theatre, art deco cinema, a huge range of
local shops selling all manner of produce and plenty of restaurants
and inns. Look closely at Louth and you will find the
unexpected - six butchers, two grocers, a cheese shop, an old
fashioned tailors, a cobblers, a fish shop and even a trophy shop.
get a feel for the town head for St. James church and climb the
tower for a spectacular view of the town. Visit the splendid little
museum and then explore Louth to find Tennysons wall, The site of
the Lincolnshire Rising, Thomas Espins Mausoleum, King Edward VI
Grammer School (former pupils included Captain John Smith founder of
Virginia and Alfred Lord Tennyson). Meander along the streets of
Eastgate and Westgate and take in the Greenwich meridian line and
the Louth Art Trail and an Elizabethan pub.
is particularly popular and the annual walking festival in May -
June is a huge event. Walkers can enjoy level walks along the
navigation canal or more challenging walks into the Lincolnshire
Wolds. Take the gentle walk along the river at Hubbards Hills
beauty spot - it never fails to delight visitors of all ages no
matter what the time of year. Nearby
is Cadwell Park, one of the countries most challenging motor racing
circuits. Just a few miles away there's horse riding, gliding, golf,
sand racing and fishing plus there are not one but two golf courses in Louth
and stay in Louth and experience "Lucky" Louth for
Louth, left behind to become an almost perfect focus for
Hon John Gummer MP
NEW for 2010
the art £12M Leisure Centre for Louth "The Meridian centre"