The Horncastle area of Lincolnshire - home of the Vinters

If a place name ends in '-by', then it was a Viking settlement; as '-by' meant 'town' or 'village' in the Viking language. There are many examples around Horncastle, such as Coningsby, Revesby, Wood Enderby, and Kirkby-on-Bain.

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  • Horncastle is a Lincolnshire market town. Its history goes back to befoHorncastle parish workhousere the Roman invasion. The name is derived from its position between the Rivers Waring and Bain - "Hurncastre" or "Hyrnecastre" means "Fortress in the corner".

  • St Mary's Church was built on the highest ground between the two rivers; parts of it date from the late 12th or early 13th centuries.

  • Horncastle was once famous for its horse fairs, when people would travel from all over Europe to purchase the quality livestock.

  • Horncastle workhouse. Courtesy of Simon Meeds

Local famous people:

  • Edward Stanhope, Lord of the Manor, MP and local benefactor, is commemorated by the Stanhope Memorial in the market place.

  • Sir Joseph Banks, famous explorer and botanist, and an important landowner in the area.

  • William Marwood, a cobbler and executioner for the United Kingdom from 1872 to 1883. His shop was in Church Lane, and he practised his famous long drop technique in Lindsey Court.

  • The Dymokes of Scrivelsby Court: the Royal Champions.


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