An AONB is a 'an area of outstanding natural beauty'. The Lincolnshire wolds certainly fit this description. The gently sloping, or rolling hills are farmed intensively, but this agricultural landscape has not been destroyed by today's modern farming methods.There are plenty of little lanes,villages and pubs to explore at your leisure in the area...more
Of all the thirty odd antique shops in Horncastle it is probably Clare Boam's Old Co-Op, General Furniture and Bric-a-Brac, in North street that show benefits from the principle of hope over experience.The front room of the shop is a little ragged, but beyond that it descends into a complete shambles of crockery, books, glassware, furniture...more
The vast majority of visitors to Horncastle spend all their time in the town's antique shops.If you can bear to tear yourself away from the Delft and Wedgewood for a while, you might be interested to know that the tourist information office in North street do a little free leaflet - a town trail. It doesn't take long to do the loop of the town, and...more
Why can't adults speak properly ? The little river Bain runs through the town, and the council has done a good job of making it a nice place to be. Just below the bridge that runs between the Somerfield and Tesco supermarkets are some steps where loads of ducks, mallards, teals, swans and other watery fowl congregate for free food.Daddy says it's...more
He mst be the most well known celebrity in Horncastle. He always says 'hello' to me in a strange squarky voice when I'm taken into the Old Co-op antiques shop in Horncastle. I normally reply 'Hi-ya' to him, and this continues for about five minutes. It's always good to meet 'Chester' sat there on his perch and preening his feathers. He also seems...more
At the other end of the scale in terms of antique shops in Horncastle to the old co-op is the Trinity antiques centre. Oddly, Mrs Boam owns both enterprises, as well as the 'Great expectations' shop which lies halfway inbetween, both physically and in terms of the quality of the stock carried.This particular shop is situated in what was a 'chapel...more
I was in Myer's the other day and asked the Waitress if I could fance a couple of French Fancies. She said that she thought they had run out. When she returned she saw a bit of crumpet on the floor. Whilst she was on her hands and knees under the table she still managed to give me a cream horn. (*)
Both these little tea shops do a roaring trade with some excellent little pasteries and lashing of hot tea. Myer's also do a superb breakfast using local suppliers.
(*) complete load of smutty twaddle - sorry, It just amused me.
Horncastle may have lost it's rail service many, many years ago but it is well connected to the two railheads of Skegness (the English Siberia) and Lincoln.
The 'interconnector' 6 is what is termed a 'high quality bus corridor'. It has busses every hour in the day, less so in the evening and on Sundays. Bus stops have electronic info, and are quite cosy. At various points along the route little minibusses connect with it to go off into the local village - and these can be booked online or over the phine like a taxi.
It's gone tons of awards and seems to work very well.
If Ma killed Pa, who'd kill Pa ? .... Mar-wood. It takes a bit of thinking about that rhyme, but it refers to Horncastle's most famous celebrity - William Marwood.He lived most of his life uneventfully as a cobbler in Horncastle even if he did have some strange interests. His small shop, now a private residence has a blue plaque on it and stands in...more
Despite the amount of times I have been to Horncastle, I had never come across the architectural feature known as 'Tom Thumb's house'.There is another one (quite a bit larger) in nearby Coningsby, which I have written about under the 'Lincolnshire' section.Both of them date from around the early 17th Century and consist of a timy one-room stone...more
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