Blue Plaque Walk of Horncastle Town Centre

Nice walk around Horncastle in search for blue plaques. There are 18 blue plaques in Horncastle town centre. Capture a brief look at the history of the town through our notable residents and historical events!

Technical sheet
No. 18298549
A Horncastle walk posted on 06/01/22 by . Update : 02/08/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h00[?]
Distance Distance : 2.08mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 10ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 10ft
Highest point Highest point : 125ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 105ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Horncastle
Starting point Starting point : N 53.204977° / W 0.114024°
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Description

(D/A) Start the walk at Stanhope Hall on Boston Road (A153), there is a free carpark at The Wong. After having a look at the 1rst blue plaque that can be found on the Boston Road side of the building, from Drill Hall proceed down Boston Road (North-North-West)), past the Black Swan towards the traffic lights at the Bull Ring.

At the junction with Jubilee Way, on your left-hand side is the dedication to the August Horse Fair. Great August Horse Fair - celebrates the Great August Horse Fairs held annually.

(1) Cross the road (East) towards the estate agent and proceed down East Street for approx. 800m, you will see the 2nd blue plaque on the wall of number 30. Annie Dixon

From here, cross the road and continue along East Street (A158) until you reach the junction of Stanhope Road. Turn left (North) and walk all the way up Stanhope Road to the junction of Louth Road (A153).

Turn left down Louth Road towards the town centre, the Old Courthouse is on your right on the other side of Louth Road. 3rd blue plaque Court House, North Street

Continue down North Street, past the Hobby House and turn right down Conging Street. Proceeding down Conging Street, the Co-Op store car park is on the left-hand side and the 4th blue plaque can be found within the car park, opposite the store's main doors : Thomas Sully

Take the path to the left of the plaque (South), down Dog Kennel Lane and West onto St Lawrence Street. Here turn left (South) up towards the Market Place. The 5th blue plaque can be found outside Costa Coffee : Butter Market

(2) From here, proceed to the end of St Lawrence Street, to the High Street and turn left where, in approx. 50 yards, you will find the next two blue plaques (6th and 7th)) of note : Sir Joseph Banks town house and The Drum Clock - The Horncastle Drum Clock (1860) is on the wall between the third and fourth windows on the first floor with the winding mechanism inside.

Using the pedestrian crossing, cross the High Street and head left towards the Bull Hotel and the Bull Ring (East).
Find the 8th August Horse Fair blue plaque there, on the wall between The Bull Hotel and Wilkin Chapman Solicitors.

Continue down on your right towards the crossroads and turn right (South-West-West) down Wharf Road, past Robert Bell's Estate Agents. The 9th plaque is found on the side of the library building and celebrates the Roman history of the town : South line of Roman Fort

Continue along Wharf Road to the junction with Church Lane and turn right up Church Lane. At number 26, you will find the 10th blue plaque : William Marwood

(3) Continue a little further up Church Lane, then cross the road and enter the Church grounds. Walk to the far end of the Church and turn left onto St Mary’s Square. There is a little lane off the path on your left named Church Walk, and along here you can find a further two blue plaques (11th and 12th) : The First Dispensar and The First Workhouse

Now, turn back on yourself and go through the churchyard again until you are next to the Community Centre on Manor House Street. Turning left (South-West) and walking past the Community Centre, to the end of the building where there is a 13th blue plaque commemorating the piece of the Roman Wall.

Coming back along Manor House Street towards Market Place, on the left-hand side is the original Manor House. Carrying along Manor House Street, at the corner of the Heron store is a 14th blue plaque for Sellwood House. Turn left from here, heading towards Bridge Street.

You will pass the Sir Joseph Banks Centre along the way, which is run by the Horncastle Historical Society and celebrates Horncastle’s history and the life and works of Sir Joseph Banks.

(4) Further along Bridge Street at Hare’s Antique Shop, you will find a 15th plaque for the North Basin of Navigation Canal.

Carry along the road and turn the corner into West Street. Crossing the street, at number 30, you will find the former home of Edward Harrison. Continue along this side of West street until you reach Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (QEGS), where you find the final (18th) blue plaque, dedicated to Constance (Connie) Lewcock.

Cross the road at QEGS and turn right towards the traffic lights. Keeping on the footpath, turn the corner round onto Jubilee Way (A158) and walk down the Way until reaching the traffic lights at the end of St Mary’s Square. Cross the road here, past the Youth Centre and right onto Cagthorpe. Continue to the end of the street and follow the road to the left onto The Wong.

From here you can cross the Cattle Market Car Park in a Southern-East direction to get back to Stanhope Hall (Drill Hall). (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 115ft - Drill Hall
1 : mi 0.22 - alt. 112ft - East Street (A158)
2 : mi 0.9 - alt. 112ft - Bull Hotel and the Bull Ring
3 : mi 1.11 - alt. 115ft - Church Lane
4 : mi 1.4 - alt. 105ft - Hare’s Antique Shop
D/A : mi 2.08 - alt. 115ft - Drill Hall

Useful Information

Car Park : Start the walk at Stanhope Hall on Boston Road, there is a free carpark at The Wong.

Once in the town center, there are numerous options for a lovely lunch or coffee break and Horncastle is still a town of, mostly, independant shop keepers, so relish in a High Street with a difference!

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

1st plaque : Drill Hall / Town Hall

2nd plaque : Annie Dixon - Victorian portrait artist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Dixo...

3rd plaque : Court House, North Street Built in 1865, this is a Grade II listed building and has been converted into private dwellings.

4th plaque : Thomas Sully Although born in Horncastle, Thomas Sully became one of the finest portrait painters in America.

5th plaque : Butter Market - Originally built in 1885, the butter market was an important building and much more than a place to just sell butter. It included reading rooms, a billiard room and somewhere for residents to play cards, when it was converted into the Conservative Club.

6th plaque : Sir Joseph Banks town house - This was the town house of the renowned botanist and President of the Royal Society in 1775. Banks is perhaps best known for sailing around the world with Captain Cook in the Endeavour.

7th plaque : The Drum Clockerected in 1860

8th plaque : August Horse Fair - this blue plaque can be found between the Bull Hotel and Wilkin Chapman Solicitores and celebrates the Great August Horse Fairs held annually.

9th plaque : The Roman history of the town. South line of Roman Fort

10th plaque : William Marwood – cobbler and executioner

11th plaque : The First Dispensary – Horncastle can boast the first Dispensary in Lincolnshire, opened in 1789 at 2 St Mary's Churchyard.

12th plaque : The First Workhouse – This first Workhouse was built in 1736 next to the Dispensary in St. Mary's Churchyard.

13th plaque : Roman Wall -

14th plaque : Manor House – A Grade II listed Georgian residence

15th plaque : Sellwood House - Horncastle sisters Louisa and Emily Sellwood married Charles and Alfred Tennyson. Their father Henry Sellwood was a solicitor in Horncastle and their home Sellwood House once stood in the corner of the market place.

Sir Joseph Banks Centre - home of the Horncastle History and Heritage Society.

16th plaque : North Basin of Navigation Canal -

17th plaque : The former home of Edward Harrison – physician

The final (18th) blue plaque, dedicated to Constance (Connie) Lewcock – suffragette

  • Sir Joseph Banks Centre
  • St Mary's Church

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