Really ancient -about 1.000 years of history- and beautiful, this prominent Stamford's building is proud to carry a whole encyclopedia of stories and charm inside its stones. Important for centuries and owned by key characters along Britain's history it has been rebuild and refounded, growing from a small inn to a greater one engulfing two...more
Not being of the biggest ones, here's another nice medieval Stamford church. Very near from All Saints', southwards from it, the actual building dates from XVth century but originally it was founded in XIIIth century. It's done in Perpendicular Gothic style and is surrounded by a small and quiet graveyard. It's worthy a visit, certainly.more
This not very long but well known Stamford street ascends from All Saints' Place -where the nice church stands-. It's a nice one and shows some fine views downwards and some interesting buidings, being the most remarkable ones:- Trinity Methodist Church.- A small urban church and a stoned one, of course.- Former William Stukeley's home.- For some...more
"Greatest Elizabethan house". This is the official heading on tourist leaflets and I'll say it's true. It's surely the greatest, perhaps not in size but in its unrival quality. This fantastic, splendorous building, is a continuous surprise for those who visit it. Built at XVIth century for William Cecil, Secretary and Treasurer of Queen Elizabeth...more
This one, the leading church in Stamford, dates from as early as XIth century and has undergone many architectural changes since then. At XVth century, when War of the Roses, Stamford suffered wide destruction and the church was not an exception but, from then on, with increasing local prosperity, it regained splendor and many works were done on...more
This beautiful medieval church greets you when crossing the bridge at St. Mary's hill showing an impressive face, especially due to its beautiful tower that rules the skyline. And around, as many other ancient churches, a small cemetery surrounds it. If the first impression is the most important, undoubtedly Stamford is aware of it.more
Film makers have been attracted to Stamford for a long time. There are hardly any buildings in the town centre built after about 1840, and this means film companies have the perfect backdrop for many a 'costume drama' production.'Middlemarch' and 'Pride and Prejudice' are prime examples. There are walking tours (mainly on particular sundays) based...more
When you live in the county of Lincolnshire you begin to realise that it Mediaeval times the county was one of the wealthiest around. This was due in no small part to the great success of the wool industry. The wool merchants were the 'fat cats' of their day. Instead of spending it all of Champayne, sports cars and high class hookers, the merchants...more
Daniel Lambert was not what you would call petite. At one point he weighed about 52 stone !This famous lard-arse who ate ALL the pies finally ate his last meal in Stamford.There is more detail about the amazing man on another tip, but this one is for children : if this doesn't gob-smack them, then nothing will.Go into Stamford Museum in Braod...more
Burghley house, one of the finest stately homes in the land has other tips to it's name, but I would also strongly advise a visit to the very impressive sculpture park. Modern art is not exactly Sourbugger's bag, but on a summer's day it won me over. Set in the grounds of the stately home it features a good range of modern art pieces, and they...more
Within walking distance (a couple of miles) from the centre of Stamford lies one of the most impressive and magnificent of England's stately homes. Places like Chatsworth, Blenheim or Castle Howard may get more visitors but Burghley is clearly in the 'premier division' of Stately piles.Burghley was built during the first Elizabethan Age, mostly...more
In 1809, the the heaviest man England , Daniel LAMBERT, came to see the Stamford races He collapsed and died while staying at the Horse and Wagon Inn. At 52 stone (728 pounds) his burial presented somewhat of a challenge ! His coffin was rolled on four wheels into a sloping grave in St Martins churchyard - though They had to remove the window...more
Don't miss the very unusual 'gallows' sign to the George Hotel (see seperate tip).The huge oak construction bridges the road outside of the hotel across what was the Great North Road from London to Scotland.The sign acted as great advertising (and still does) for the George, but also as a kind of subtle warning for Highwaymen such as the infamous...more
It would be very difficult to find a hotel in England with any more history. There has been an...more
High St, St Martin's, Stamford, PE9 2LJ, United Kingdom
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Pizza express inhabits a building right on the bridge over the River Welland. As such the riverside views that some tables have are probably the finest in Stamford.I don't normally recommend chain restaurants, but this chain is a cut above the norm. The pizza is freshly made in an open-plan kitchen which is right in the centre of the...more
The George of stamford (see seperate tip) has two restaurants to boast about. The garden restaurant is more informal and features bucolic painting all over the walls.The main oak-panneled dining room is a much more grand affair, with Jacket and tie expected. Expect finely prepared food in the class French tradition. Prices are heavy by local...more
This place is probably the busiest pub in Stamford and caters for mainly younger revelers! Its got a pretty good atmoshere though and gets very busy at night, service at the bar is pretty good despite this.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
In olden days there were 20 coaches a day (we are talking stagecoaches here) to London and 20 to York. The 'Great North Road' ran straight through the town.
You can still reach the town by it's newer version, the ' A1'. Just travel up it for about 100 miles from London - and viola !
The main East Coast Mainline train route was built roughly parallel, but passes through Peterborough rather than Stamford, some dozen miles to the East. It was thus Peterborough that expanded greatly in the 20th century to end up several times bigger in size.
Stamford is thus easily connected to London by changing at Peterborough onto the Norwich / Birmingham line. You also get to arrive at an impressively 'quaint' Georgian station.
Packed full of imported continental furnishings and furniture, this shop is a well established estabishment in Stamford.You will find the new owner 'Neil' hidden amongst the mainly Italian lamps, tables and sofas. He never changed the name of the shop from it's previous owners, so he often answers to 'Nigel' for the sake of convenience.One feature...more
There is plenty of 'old money' around in Stamford. This, combined with the fact that most of the normal chain stores inhabit premises in nearby Peterborough (about 12 miles) means that Stamford still has a number of independent specialist shops.In today's Britain this is unusual, and refreshing. I've heard it said that several shops stock ranges...more
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I'm not entirely what a horse has to do wrong to be put on trial.
That old joke aside, the Burghley horse trials take place annually in September. Thousands and thousands turn up to this three-day event. It cost nearlt 20 quid to get into the Jamboree, which is at it's largest on the Saturday when the cross-country phase of the competition takes place.
As it is one of the premier equestrian events in the year it is well nigh impossible to get a hotel room or restaurant table during that weekend.
I went a few years ago and happily spent the day watching various members of the upper classes trying to kill themselves by jumping over big logs into lakes - excellent.
I also would love to take part in the charity event that usually happens around the same time. Teams of runners tackle the cross-country course (about 5 miles) and scale the 30 plus fences. freiends of mine have done it, and it sounds a great laugh.
Established in 1695, the Rutland and Stamford Mercury is the oldest newspaper in Britain, and possibly the world still to be production.The only other serious contender is the wonderfully named "Berrow's Worcester Journal". Although that first appeared in 1690, it was very irregular in it's production for 30 years or so, and therefore the Mercury...more