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Welcome to Horncastle

ProfileMapHorncastle is located at the confluence of the rivers Bain and Waring, in the county of Lincolnshire, approximately 135 miles north of London and 19 miles east of Lincoln.

The town has a population of around 4,900 and is within the East Lindsey District of Lincolnshire which covers an area of approximately 600 square miles.

Lying at the south-west foot of the Wolds at the edge of the Fens, it is a bustling and attractive market town, renowned for its antique shops, with a fine heritage and unspoilt by modern developments. There are some notable historic buildings, including the 12th-century Church of St.Mary and it is a good base from which to explore the surrounding countryside.

Historically the agriculture industry provided the main employment and this is still the case today. However, the retail and service sectors are becoming increasingly important as tourism is increasingly developed. The Roman fort here was called Banovallum.

The name Horncastle derives from Hurncastre or Hyrnecastre which means 'fortress or camp in the corner' and which refers to its position between the rivers Bain and Waring.

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Local News
01 Oct 2014

  • Second library consultation begins
    A second consultation over the future of Lincolnshire's libraries begins after campaigners win a High Court battle against proposed cuts to services.
  • Lincoln City 1-1 Gateshead
    Gateshead stretch their unbeaten run to six league games as Danny Wright nets the equaliser to to earn a point at Lincoln.
  • Flood defence work set to begin
    Work is set to start on a £500,000 scheme along part of a river hit by a tidal surge which sent millions of gallons of sea water into it.
  • Eleven 'Right to Build' areas chosen
    The first councils to offer help to people wanting to build their own home through the government's 'Right to Build' scheme are announced.
  • Climber injured in 100 ft fall
    An experienced climber from Lincolnshire is seriously injured after plunging 100ft off cliffs in Wales.
  • Magna Carta trails mark anniversary
    Six tourist trails, including one from Lincoln to Durham, have been unveiled as part of a major campaign to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
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