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Louth History

Louth has played an important part of Lincolnshire History. Still thriving with weekly markets, the town became a major trading area in the 1770s with the building of a canal. Costing a princely £28,000, the canal became a major thoroughfare for the town, adding to the wealth generated from the wool trade.

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It was over eleven miles in length, extending from Louth Riverhead to Tetney and eight locks were incorporated to overcome the forty six feet differential in levels involved. Trade through the canal was brisk and there were regular sailings to London and Hull and other local ports.

In 1920 disaster struck the prosperous town when the river and canal flooded, destroying large areas of Louth and killing 23 people. The waterway finally closed in 1924, after a period of decline following the opening of the railway.

The 18th century wool warehouse at the head of the canal is now a restaurant and public meeting place and houses an excellent display of the canal. Although the waterway itself is no longer navigable, the towpaths have been restored and make a fine walk out of town.

Adorning the Louth skyline is the parish church of St James. With its 300 foot tower standing high above the town, it is the most famous landmark in the immediate area. Other historic buildings include a number of coaching inns, as well as fine period houses in Westgate and Upgate. The town sits on the Greenwich meridian and a small plaque in Eastgate marks the line.

Louth Priory

In 1818 the local artist and architect Thomas Espin, FSA, built this Gothic villa, which is now called the Priory Hotel. On the grounds near the lake is a folly that he had constructed from sculptural fragments, which came from Louth Abbey.

Louth Abbey was founded on the marshy Isle of Haverholme in 1137 on land given by Bishop Alexander of Lincoln to the Cistercians. In 1139, at the preference of a large group of monks arriving from the motherhouse of Fountains (Yorkshire), the house was moved to Louth were it flourished as a major player in the county wool trade. Between 1227-46 there is record of 66 monks and 150 lay brothers at Louth Abbey. The 14thc. and 15thc. saw the slow decline of the abbey, which was suppressed in 1536 (see Knowles and Hadcock). In 1818, Thomas Espin collected a number of sculptural fragments from the ruins of Louth Abbey for the construction of his home, Louth Park. He combined the Romanesque fragments recorded here with other medieval pieces to form this garden folly for his estate. Espin died in 1822 and his home has been in the hands of various private owners since that point. For several decades it was a private school. In the 1970s his home became The Priory Hotel.

 

Louth Thorpe Hall

Located at the western end of the town in 20 acres of magnificent grounds, Thorpe Hall is considered to be one of the finest country houses in Lincolnshire and certainly forms a notable part of Lincolnshire History with its tales of Ghostly apparitions. It was originally built in 1584 for Sir John Bolle, who was knighted for his military exploits in Cadiz, Spain in 1596, and eventually died here on November 3rd 1606. However, much of the present building is later having been altered and enlarged at various times during the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. 

The building stands on the site of an earlier hall which belonged to a family of merchants called Chapman in the 15th and early 16th centuries.The formal gardens and grounds, which include a deer park and lake, were originally laid out by Gertrude Jekyll in 1906. 

The hall stayed in the hands of the Bolle family until the 18th-century and their Coat of Arms can still be seen in the wall of the Dovecote at Thorpe Hall. There have been many esteemed residents since including  Captain Julius Tennyson, nephew of the Poet Laureate, and Captain Langston Brackenbury, MP for Louth, who actually died in the House of Commons.


 

Louth  King Edward VI Grammar School

The school at Louth which eventually became King Edward VI Grammar School can lay claim to being one of the oldest in the country - we know that there was schooling in the town as early as the eighth century. The earliest direct mention of a school here in the middle ages comes in a reference to the Louth schoolmaster Simon de Luda in 1276. The school seems to have been financed by the town's religious and merchant guilds and by a chantry established by Thomas of Louth in 1317.

With the dissolution of the religious guilds in 1548, the future of education in Louth, as in so many other market towns in England, was placed at risk. Leading figures in the town petitioned Edward VI to secure the school's future, and on 21 st September 1551 the school was granted a royal charter under which it was handsomely endowed and a Foundation was set up to administer it. This Foundation (though, sadly, not the handsome endowments) continues today and works actively behind the scenes to support the school, most recently offering financial support to our successful bid to become a Specialist Science College.

During its long history the school has gone through many changes of character. Until the mid 1960s it was a boys' school. In 1903 a girls' grammar school was established close by and 1965 the two schools amalgamated. At the same time it became a 14-18 school within the innovatory "Louth Plan", which saw a 14-18 selective school sitting alongside three 11-16 high schools in the town and its environs. This situation would continue until the mid-1990s when the "Louth Plan" finally fell apart, and in 1997 the school reverted to taking the full secondary age range.

Since 1944 the school has been within the state sector, originally as a Voluntary Controlled school. In 1991 it became Grant Maintained and then adopted Foundation status in 1998. In September 2003 it became, additionally, a Specialist Science College, although this does not mean that it has ceased to be a grammar school which aims for, and reaches, high standards across the curriculum.

Amongst our former students we number Captain John Smith (1592-95), who went on to be the first elected president of Virginia; Sir John Franklin (1797-1800) and Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1816-1820). In more modern times our students have included Chris Wright (founder and chairman of Chrysalis Group) and the leading academic, Professor Philip, the Lord Norton of Louth. 

Louth Lincolnshire History of St James Church

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792: Abbot Aethelheard (of Hludensis Monastery) is appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. The Church is believed to be dedicated to St Herefrith, perhaps being built on the site of his Shrine.

1247: The Church is rebuilt. Edward I is crowned, succeeding Henry III.

1447: Louth in the 15th century - generations of men spend their life working for the Church as labourers and craftsmen, rebuilding St James' Church. The building is moved 1.2m and raised by 50cm on new bases. The tower is built separately, and will be joined to the Church at a later date. 

1449: The roof of the Tower is strengthened in preparation for the building of the "Broach" (Spire).

1501: It is the early 16th century, and the population of England is recovering from losses caused by the Black Death. John Cole is Mason in Charge of the Spire.

1503: Thomas Sudbury (the Vicar who retired last year) has given the Church a magnificent Hutch, for keeping valuables. It has medallions on the doors, depicting Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, with the crowned Tudor rose in between.

1515: The Weathercock is placed on top of the completed Spire. It is made from the great Copper Basin taken from the Scots at Flodden Field. The people of Louth are very proud! It is the 13th of September, and the Spire (which is the tallest of any Parish Church in England) was consecrated today, to the singing of the Te Deum. Great celebrations began, and the six Bells including the Great Bell, called James and weighing 26cwt, could be heard across the town, in proud proclamation of years of hard work and skill. There will be some sore heads in the morning, as free Ale was given out this afternoon! The total cost of building the Spire is £305 8s and 5d.

1534: The "Act of Supremacy" transfers Papal supremacy over the English Church, to the Crown.

1536: It is the 1st of October, and after Evensong, only 21 years after the great celebrations of the Consecration of the Spire, a riot has started. This is a reaction to rumours of Monasteries being closed, and of Church wealth being confiscated.

1537: It is the 25th of March, and the Lincolnshire Rising has ended. Thomas Kendell, Vicar of Louth will be executed at Tyburn.

1547: Images are removed from the Church.

1554: The Reformation under Edward VI and Elizabeth I, and the Counter-Reformation under Mary, causes great changes in the Church. At our Church of St James, new Images are being installed, and the Chantries swept away. Strict ritual is introduced.

1558: Elizabeth I succeeds to the Throne, and consolidates the Church of Englands position.

1561: The Rood Screen and Loft at St James' are removed.

1632: There is a great storm this year in Louth, and the Spire is damaged, and needs repair.

1720: An idea to improve the services at St.James, by changing the pews around, is executed. The more well-off, who subscribed to this appeal for funds are excused pew rent. This favour will be passed on to their descendants. Charles Edward Stuart, (Bonnie Prince Charlie) is born in France this year.

1726: The ring of eight bells is recast by Daniel and John Hedderley, bellfounders of Derby, and hung in a magnificent wooden frame. This (still) is the heaviest eight-bell peal in Lincolnshire, and the eighth heaviest in the country - the tenor weighing 31cwt 1qr 7lb. The Prime Minister is George Walpole. Gullivers Travels is written this year.

1775: William Williams R.A. paints the tall pictures of St Peter, St James and the Deposition from the Cross (now hanging in the nave).

1780: Reverend William (Wolley) Jolland is vicar of Louth. During his time, galleries are constructed over the aisles, and the reroofing and reseating continues. His eccentricity is well known; he has built a hermitage in the vicarage garden, and he embellishes his services with his own asides. His portrait by Richard Jones hangs in the clergy vestry.

1796: A new Organ is presented by David Atkinson of Fanthorpe Hall, with the provision of a Gallery in the Tower, and £600 to provide an Organists' Salary.

1815: A new Clock by James Harrison of Barton is provided. This is the year that Napoleon escapes Elba, and the "Hundred Years War" begins.

1820: George III dies, and is succeeded by the Prince Regent as George IV. We are in the 1820s, and Tennyson is a schoolboy living at 74, Westgate Place. He is studying hard, in the hopes of going to Cambridge.

1824: A new Weathercock is provided.

1825: New roofs and ceilings for the Nave and Aisles are installed, using plans drawn up by Edward James Willson of Lincoln, and William Coulan, a Louth Builder.

1826: Gas lighting is installed.

1829: An Engraving by T. W. Wallis, engraver, wood carver, meteorologist, and borough engineer shows the unrestored Church, with Galleries, the Thorpe Hall Pew, (John Louth's Chantry), box pews, high reading-desk and Pulpit and the Reredos composed of the three paintings by William Williams. Over the Chancel Arch hangs a coat of arms. The Catholic Emancipation is taking place at this time.

1844: The Spire is struck by lightning, and repairs increase the height to 295 feet. William Brown takes advantage of the scaffolding, and makes sketches for his panorama of Louth.

1848: For the past 4 years, William Brown has worked on his panorama of Louth, and it now goes on exhibition to the public.

1861: The Chancel and Stained Glass window are refurbished. Albert dies, and Queen Victoria retires into mourning.

1868: James Fowler completes his restoration of St James', which remains basically unchanged for the next 133 years. This is the year that the Suez Canal opens, and the Union Pacific Railway is completed.

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