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Places to visit in Lincolnshire

The county of Lincolnshire is to be found in in eastern England. [click here for map] Its coast line is defined by the North Sea from the Humber Estuary in the north to its southern bounds by The Wash. The county covers some 2,300 square miles [c5,900 sq km]. It is made up of seven

Henry VIII & Queen Catherine at Lincoln

1541, on 9 August, the king, Henry VIII, visited Lincoln; with him was his new queen, Catherine Howard and, of course, the attendant court. It will be remembered by those only vaguely acquainted with Lincolnshire history that the year 1536 was the year of the Lincolnshire Rising and Pilgrimage of Grace. A handful of years

The Ravenna Cosmography

IN SOME OF WHAT is written about Horncastle and its history, the Ravenna Cosmography and Bannovallum are mentioned to form a kind of triangle of reference with Horncastle at the apex. On those occasions William Stukeley is cited for making the association explicit and making direct connections which are invalid. However, this view may no

Anglo-Saxon Lincolnshire — 1

HE VENERABLE BEDE (AD 673-735) appears frequently and importantly as a source for some moments of early Lincolnshire history. For example, a priory was built at Bardney in 1087 by Gilbert of Ghent on the authority of Bede’s statement that one had existed there earlier. Bede also affirmed the existence of a monastery at Partney;

The Romans in Britain

THE TRUE EXTENT of the Emperor Augustus’s power can be found in the exile of the great poet, Ovid in AD 8. Just why he was punished is not clear; however, having offended the emperor he was sent to an island in the middle of nowhere. So clear was Augustus’s authority, Ovid was told to

Roman coins in Horncastle

BOTH GEORGE WEIR, and James Walter§ writing almost 100 years later, report many finds of Roman coins in Cagthorpe, east of the Roman wall and over the Waring. George Weir lists some of the finds: …silver coins of Septimius Severus, Alexander Severus, Volusianus… …brass of Trajan and Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Hadrian, Domitian, Marcus Aurelius… He

Horncastle in the Domesday Book

N COMMON WITH all other settlements in the kingdom, Horncastle was assessed in the grand ‘inventory’ of the nation for its new proprietor which was the Domesday Book. The term began to be used during the twelfth century because it was the final authority on all that it contained, much as St Peter’s book at

Horncastle –Early years 1

HE ROMANS built a fort here in Horncastle — really a walled rectangle which encompassed about five acres — in the last quarter of the third century, ie AD275-285. Its walls are still some 12 feet thick and well deserve the epithet ‘indissoluble’ given them by William Stukeley; their height, however, remains uncertain, but would