Louth, Lincolnshire

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Louth
Louth is located in Lincolnshire
Louth

 Louth shown within Lincolnshire
Population15,930 (2001)
OS grid referenceTF326874
Civil parishLouth
DistrictEast Lindsey
Shire countyLincolnshire
RegionEast Midlands
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLOUTH
Postcode districtLN11
Dialling code01507
PoliceLincolnshire
FireLincolnshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK ParliamentLouth and Horncastle
List of places: UK • England • Lincolnshire
 
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Coordinates: 53°22′01″N 0°00′22″W / 53.3669°N 0.0061°W / 53.3669; -0.0061

Louth
Louth is located in Lincolnshire
Louth

 Louth shown within Lincolnshire
Population15,930 (2001)
OS grid referenceTF326874
Civil parishLouth
DistrictEast Lindsey
Shire countyLincolnshire
RegionEast Midlands
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLOUTH
Postcode districtLN11
Dialling code01507
PoliceLincolnshire
FireLincolnshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK ParliamentLouth and Horncastle
List of places: UK • England • Lincolnshire

Louth /ˈlaʊθ/ ( listen) is a market town and civil parish within the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England.

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Geography

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 15,930.[1]

The Greenwich Meridian crosses Eastgate and this point is marked with a plaque on the north side of the street, just east of the junction with Northgate. The three-mile (5 km) £6.6m A16 Louth Bypass opened in August 1991. The former route is the B1520.

History

Historically, the town is most noted as the origin of the Lincolnshire Rising, the forerunner of Pilgrimage of Grace, on 1 October 1536, starting in St. James Church, Louth.

A stone plaque on Bridge Street showing the flood water level

A flood occurred in the town on 29 May 1920, causing 23 deaths. Several stone plaques in the town show the high water level reached. Other, less devastating floods occurred on 25 June and 20 July in 2007.

Margaret Wintringham succeeded her dead husband at the Louth by-election in September 1921, to become the Liberals' first female MP, and Britain's third female MP.

Landmarks

Much of the town centre is lined with brick buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries and the town's skyline is dominated by St. James' Church, the spire of which is 295 feet (90 m) tall, though shorter than both Norwich Cathedral (315 feet (96 m)) and Salisbury Cathedral (404 feet (123 m)) in terms of spire height, it is reputedly the tallest Anglican parish church in the United Kingdom. Louth museum has a Panorama Gallery which features two back-lit replicas of William Brown’s Panorama of Louth viewed from the top of St James’s spire in 1844. The two original paintings that together form the panorama hang side-by-side in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall on Little Eastgate. The panorama gives a unique and vivid representation of the streets, businesses, homes and people of the town and the landscape as far as the North Sea to the east and northwards to the Humber estuary and beyond.[2] The church was built in 1515.

One of the tallest structures in the European Union, the Belmont television and radio mast, is situated in the nearby village of Donington on Bain, five miles (8 km) west of the town.

ABM Pauls used to have a large maltings, which is now derelict.

Twin town

Louth's twin town is La Ferté-Bernard, close to Le Mans in Pays-de-la-Loire, France. France

Shopping

Upgate

Louth is noted for the wide selection of independent retailers in the town, in particular specialist grocers.[3] Louth is also home to The Cheese Shop, which has gained nationwide recognition, with features in The Daily Telegraph,[4] The Guardian,[5] The Hairy Bikers' Food Tour of Britain, BBC Lincolnshire and BBC Look North, and in works by Mary Portas and Rose Prince.

Just off the Market Place is the department store Eve and Ranshaw, whose history can be traced back to 1781,[citation needed] whilst Eastgate is noted for its range of local shops including award winning butchers and an independent chain of 'Dragonfly'[clarification needed] shops.[citation needed]

Major retailers have failed to make an impact in Louth.[says who?] Boots the Chemist, Argos, New Look, Wilkinsons, Greggs, Subway, WHSmith and Holland & Barrett have small outlets in the town. Halfords opened a store in the Fairfield Industrial Estate in April 2009. There is a branch of B and Q on the same estate. NatWest, Barclays, Lloyds TSB, Halifax, HSBC and Santander banks have branches in the town centre. The town's first building society branch office was opened by the Peterborough Building Society (now Norwich & Peterborough) in 1973. The town was also the headquarters of the former Louth, Mablethorpe and Sutton Building Society, a local society with several branches and agents in Lincolnshire, which was taken over by the Bradford & Bingley in 1990.[citation needed]

The large number of independent food outlets may be due to the lack of any major supermarket chain in the area.[citation needed] Some argue that this is due to opposition over a number of years by elected representatives and others to major supermarket chains developing in the town, which has protected those independent outlets from competition.[says who?] Louth currently has two supermarkets. The first is a small Morrisons which was converted from a Somerfield store under competition rules when the Co-op bought Somerfield. It originally opened in 1985. The other is a Co-operative supermarket which is similar in size and opened in 1989. It is estimated[by whom?] that around 80% of Louth food expenditure is spent outside the town, mainly in Grimsby and Cleethorpes which are about 16 miles (26 km) away, and Lincoln, 25 miles (40 km) away, and that major supermarket chains from these areas regularly deliver in the town.[citation needed] Heron Foods has one of its largest branches in the town, which opened in 2009. It escaped the protesters' attention, possibly by moving from smaller premises where they had traded since the early 1990s.[citation needed]

The Woolworth's store closed in early 2009 as a result of the financial collapse of the Woolworths Group. In 2009 Sainsbury's submitted a planning application for a new 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) store.[6] There is also speculation[by whom?] about the site of the former cattle market, which had been linked to the application from Sainsbury's and is now linked to a bid from Tesco.[citation needed] Lidl have applied for planning permission for a store on the Fairfield Industrial Estate despite protest from the 'Keep Louth Special' pressure group.[citation needed]

Market

Louth holds market days on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There is a farmers' market on the fourth Wednesday of each month. A cattle market is held each Thursday at the Louth Livestock Centre on Newmarket.

Sport and leisure

Meridian Leisure Centre

A new leisure centre opened in February 2010, named "Meridian Leisure Centre". It cost £12m and consists of an 8 lane, 25 metre swimming pool and a two level gym with over 80 pieces of equipment, along with a sports hall and other facilities.

Louth Tennis Centre

Louth Tennis Centre is situated in Fairfield Industrial Estate to the north of the town and has indoor and outdoor tennis facilities.

London Road

There is a multiuse sports pavilion at London Road, which includes football pitches, a cricket pitch and a multi-use astroturf pitch.

Louth is also home to Louth Town Football Club who play their football in the Northern Counties East League Division One.

Louth also plays host to Louth Swimming Club, Louth Old Boys (Football), Yom Chi Taekwondo, Kendojo Martial Arts, Louth Storm Basketball, Louth Chess Club, Louth Golf Course (Crowtree Lane) and Kenwick Park Golf Course (on the outskirts of the town) as well as Archery and a model aircraft club which uses Stubby and Manby Airfields

Education

Primary schools

Secondary schools

Further education

A new £3m further education college, called Wolds College, was built next to the Cordeaux School. Construction by the Lindum Group started in November 2007, and the college officially opened in October 2008. Unlike many Lincolnshire secondary modern schools, both Cordeaux and Monks' Dyke have their own sixth forms; East Lindsey's only other secondary modern with a sixth form is at Skegness. Although the town is well served for A-level provision, vocational courses were less well served until the college opened in this part of East Lindsey in September 2008, although there is the Grimsby Institute some fifteen miles (24 km) away.

Places of interest

Hubbard's Hills is one of the town's main attractions. It was opened to the public in 1907. The park is dedicated to the memory of Annie Pahud, the central character of a beautiful but tragic real-life love story. The park is situated in a glacial overspill channel that forged the course for a small river, the Lud. It meanders along the deep, flat valley bottom between steep, wooded slopes on either side.

Cadwell Park motor racing circuit is around four miles (6 km) south of the town, between the villages of Scamblesby and 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 Peterborough to Grimsby, an important north-south route, which opened in 1848, especially for holidaymakers in the summer. The line to Mablethorpe also started in the town from 1877, closing in 1960. The section to Wainfleet closed in 1961, with the Louth to Grimsby section later continuing for passengers until October 1970 with freight stopping in 1980. The former station is now residential flats; there are other reminders still standing.

Alfred Lord Tennyson was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School and a stone inscription to commemorate this forms part of a wall on Schoolhouse Lane in Louth.

The town's Playhouse Cinema is on Cannon Street, and is home to Louth Film Club, which won the British Federation of Film Societies' Film Society of the Year Award in 2008.[7] The Riverhead Theatre is on Victoria Road, to the east of the town.

Music

There are several local bands, especially jazz, in and around the town.[citation needed] Corinne Drewery of Swing Out Sister, grew up in the area and Robert Wyatt is a resident.[citation needed]

Local economy

Many national food campaigning organisations are based on Eastgate under the umbrella organisation the Processed Vegetable Growers Association, notably:

Job Opportunities are quite limited in the town, with many Ludensians travelling to work in larger regions such as Lincoln and Grimsby. Louth Jobs is a local employment resourcer and provides access via it's web site, Twitter and Facebook Social Network pages..

Local groups

Transition Town Louth is a community project, who organize various events in and around the town aimed at promoting awareness of climate change and unsustainable resources. Part of a large social movement, many Transition Towns are now developing. Also sub-groups like the time-sharing project and the community food gardens are encouraging a shift towards sustainable communities.

Louth Town Partnership is a group of people working to promote all aspects of living in and visiting this historic market town, set on the edge of the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds.

Ludensians

Inhabitants of Louth are known as Ludensians, taken from the Latin name of the town (Lude, Luda).

References

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : East Lindsey Retrieved 2009-09-18
  2. ^ "Louth Museum". http://www.louthmuseum.co.uk/. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  3. ^ Prince, Rose; "Shop local"; The Daily Telegraph, 30 Jun 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2012
  4. ^ Davies, Paul; "Small wonders: the winners of our Best Small Shops in Britain Awards"; The Telegraph, 11 Feb 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2012
  5. ^ Cook, William; "Keeping it real"; Guardian.co.uk, 15 October 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2012
  6. ^ "Sainsbury's arrival 'do or die' for town"; Thisisgrimsby.co.uk, 10 July 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2012
  7. ^ "Film Society of the Year Awards 2008". http://www.bffs.org.uk/awards/abouttheawards.html. Retrieved 2009-11-15. [dead link]
  8. ^ Stuart Storey

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