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