Stamford is located on the River Welland in the the county of Lincolnshire, approximately 90 miles north of London and 14 miles north-west of Peterborough.
The town has a population of around 18,350 and is within the South Kesteven District which covers an area of approximately 364 square miles and which has a total population of around 120,000.
Situated in the far south of the county, it is a beautiful market town of predominantly stone buildings which retains its medieval street pattern. Amongst its many notable historic buildings is the 15th-century Browne's Hospital, founded by one of the town's rich wool merchants, and more famously the grand Elizabethan Burghley House. It is a popular visitor destination and a good base from which to explore the surrounding area.
Historically the town's economy was based upon the wool industry but today has a diverse range of industries with tourism, retail and service sectors being major employers. New high-tech industries have also been attracted into the area.
The name Stamford derives from Old English and means 'stone ford' and refers to its crossing point of the River Welland. The name appeared in the Domesday Book (1086) as Stanford.