- Louth, Lincolnshire
infobox UK place
country = England
population= 17,000 [ [http://www.localhistories.org/louth.html A Brief History of Louth, Lincolnshire ] ] [ [http://www.louthuk.com/town_profile.php?f=Louth Town profile of Louth ] ]
region= East Midlands
constituency_westminster= Louth and Horncastle
postcode_district = LN11
Louth audio|En-louth.ogg|pronounced (listen) is a
market townwithin the East Lindseydistrict of Lincolnshire, England.
Known as the "capital of the
Lincolnshire Wolds", it is situated where the ancient trackway "Barton Street" crosses the River Lud, and has a total resident population of around 17,000.
Greenwich Meridiancrosses "Eastgate" and this point is marked with a plaque on the north side of the street, close to the junction with "Northgate". The three-mile £6.6m A16 Louth [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/417257 Bypass] opened in August 1991. The former route is the B1520.
A [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/740531 flood] occurred in the town on
May 29, 1920, causing 23 deaths. Several stone plaques in the town show the high water level reached. Other, less devastating floods occurred on 25th June and 21th July in 2007.
Historically, the town is most [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/860306 noted] as the origin of the
Lincolnshire Rising, the forerunner of Pilgrimage of Grace, on October 1 1536, starting in the parish church.
Much of the town centre is lined with
brickbuildings from the 17th and 18th centuries and the town's skyline is dominated by St. James' Church, the [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/481423 spire] of which is convert|295|ft|m|0 tall, though shorter than both Norwich Cathedral(convert|315|ft|m|0) and Salisbury Cathedral(convert|404|ft|m|0) in terms of spire height, it is reputedly the tallest parish church in the United Kingdom. The church was built in 1515.
The tallest structure in the
European Union, the Belmont television and radio mast, is situated in the nearby village of Donington on Bain, five miles west of the town.
ABM Pauls used to have a large [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/597153 maltings] , which is now derelict.
twin townis La Ferté-Bernard, close to Le Mansin Pays-de-la-Loire, France. flagicon|France
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays are all market days, with a farmers' market on the fourth Wednesday of each month. A
cattlemarket is held each Thursday at the Louth Livestock Centre on Newmarket.
* [http://www.kidgate.lincs.sch.uk Kidgate Primary School]
* [http://www.laceygardens.lincs.sch.uk Lacey Gardens Junior School]
* [http://www.st-michaels.lincs.sch.uk St. Michael's C of E Primary School]
* [http://www.eastfield.lincs.sch.uk Eastfield Infants and Nursery School]
* The Cordeaux School
Monks' Dyke Technology College
* King Edward VI Grammar School
A new £3m further education college, called [http://www.woldscollege.ac.uk Wolds College] , is being [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lincolnshire/7252741.stm built] next to the Cordeaux School. Construction by the Lindum Group started in November 2007, and the college will open in October 2008. Both
secondary modern schools have sixth forms; most Lincolnshire secondary modern schools do not - East Lindsey's other sixth form at that type of school is St Clements Collegre in Skegness. Although the town is well served for A-level provision, vocational courses are less well served (until the college opens) in this part of East Lindsey although there is the Grimsby Institute some fifteen miles away.
Places of interest
Cadwell Parkmotor racing circuit is around four miles south of the town, between the villages of Scamblesbyand Tathwell.
Louth will be the eventual southern terminus of the
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, based at nearby Ludborough. The town was formerly on the East Lincolnshire Railway from Peterboroughto Grimsby, an important north-south route, which opened in 1848, especially for holidaymakers in the summer. The line to Mablethorpealso started in the town from 1877, closing in 1960. The section to near Wainfleetclosed in 1961, with the Louth to Grimsby section later continuing for passengers until October 1970 with freight stopping in 1980. The former [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/134019 station] is now residential flats; there are other [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/134326 reminders] still standing.
One of the town's main attractions is [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/417198 Hubbards Hills] , which opened to the public in 1907. The park is a glacial valley through which the River Lud passes, with steep, wooded slopes on either side. The town's "Playhouse Cinema" is on " [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/780566 Cannon Street] ". The " [http://www.riverheadtheatre.co.uk Riverhead Theatre] " is on "Victoria Road", to the east of the town.
"The Southwold Jazz Band" are the resident band at
Louth New Orleans Jazz Club[http://www.myspace.com/louth_jazz_club] , performing every Saturday night at the club in Queen Street, occasionally with local resident Robert Wyatt. Electronic duo Team Doyobialso began collaboration in Louth. Ex- Magazineplayer Dave Formula lives in Louth and his new electronic punk/world fusion extravaganza the Angel Brothersfrequently play in the area. Louth is also famous as the hometown of internationally celebrated eclectic ska punk Unlucky Fried Kitten. DJ and producer Nathan Boonwas a member of King Edward VI Grammar School and is fast becoming a prominent artist in the fidget houseand electro housegenre.
Other local bands include
Swing Out Sister, The Wasp Factory. "Proles And Stranded" are also local to Louth, also bands such as "Five Shots Left" and "Silence Yourself" have originated musicians in Louth. The band "Five Shots Left" from Louth won the 2006 Lincolnshire youth battle of the bands hosted by "Diversity".
[http://www.froveg.co.uk Froveg] is on "Westgate".
Inhabitants of Louth are known as "Ludensians", taken from the name of the River Lud.
Jeffrey Archerwas elected the town's Member of Parliamentin a by-electionin 1969. He stood down at the October 1974 general election.
Jim Broadbent, actor, lives in a small village just outside Louth.
Roy 'Chubby' Brown, adult comedian, (real name "Royston Vasey") lives in nearby Fulstow.
Leanda Cave, triathlete
Barbara Dickson, singer and actress, lives in Louth
Corinne Drewery, lead singer of the band Swing Out Sister, attended schools in the town whilst growing up in the village of Authorpe, between Louth and Alford.
Sir John FranklinFRGS, (April 15, 1786 – June 11, 1847), English sea captain and Arctic explorer was also educated at King Edward VI Grammar School. Fact|date=February 2007
Edward John Eyre(5 August 1815 - 30 November 1901) was an English explorer of Australia and a controversial Governor of Jamaica. He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School. Fact|date=February 2007
Graham Fellows, also known as John Shuttleworthand Jilted John, a singer-songwriter and comedian. He had the one-hit wonder Jilted John.
Michael Foale, the first British-born astronaut, was born at the Crowtree Lane Hospital(now the sixth-form and IT block of King Edward VI Grammar School) in the town (his father was stationed at the nearby Royal Air Forcebase at Manby).
* [http://www.psybertron.co.uk/cgladwin.htm Christopher Gladwin] ,(b.1976) artist and experimental musician.
Ron Grant (motorcyclist), former motorcycle road racer and tuner.
Dan Haigh, bass guitarist in rock band Fightstar, born in Grimsby, was brought up near the town.
Augustus Charles Hobart-Hampden, ( April 1, 1822- June 19, 1886), English naval captain and Turkish admiral, was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School. Fact|date=February 2007
Cate Kennedy, author
Harry Mallett, cricketer.
Patrick Mower, currently seen in TV soap-opera Emmerdalelives in the area in Little Carlton.
* Ted Savage, footballer
Captain John Smith, English, soldier, sailor and founder of the Commonwealth of Virginia, although born in Willoughby, attended the King Edward VI Grammar School, where his name is adorned upon a tablet in the school's 'Edward Street Hall'. A cast iron bust of him also stands within the school's canteen.
Stuart Storey[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics2000/bbc_team/856110.stm Stuart Storey] - BBC sports commentator.
James Thompsonof Mr & Mrs Swing
Team Doyobi, English Electronic Musicians schooled together at King Edward VI Grammar School.
Alfred Lord Tennysonwas born in Somersby, between Louth and Horncastle, and was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School.
Graham Winteringham, architect.
Chris Wright (Producer), founder of the Chrysalis Groupand owner of London WaspsRugby Club, was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School.
Robert Wyatt, English musicianand former member of Soft Machine, now lives in Louth.
Nathan Boon, an electronic musicianwas educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, and still lives in the town.
* [http://www.louth.org Louth official website]
* [http://www.louthtoday.co.uk Louth Today]
* [http://www.myspace.com/louth_jazz_club/ Louth Jazz Club]
* [http://www.louth.org/2000/2000.html Louth Museum]
* [http://www.stjameschurchlouth.com St. James' Church]
* [http://www.louthtowncouncil.gov.uk Louth Town Council]
* [http://www.louthcanal.org.uk Louth Navigation Trust]
* [http://www.louthlincs.co.uk Louth Directory]
* [http://www.louthshopping.co.uk Shopping in Louth]
* [http://www.poacherguide.co.uk/town_information/louth.php Poacher Country]
* [http://wikitravel.org/en/Louth WikiTravel]
* [http://www.louthdistrictscouts.org.uk Louth District Scouts' website]
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