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Louth, Lincolnshire

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Louth, Lincolnshire

Louth Listen/ˈlaʊθ/ is a market town and civil parish within the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England.
DistrictEast Lindsey
Post townLOUTH
Administrative CountyLincolnshire
Traditional CountyLincolnshire
OS GridTF3387
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionEast Midlands
Police AuthorityLincolnshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLincolnshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLincolnshire
Ambulance AuthorityEast Midlands
Dialling code01507
Population15,930 (2001)

Other names by which Louth, Lincolnshire has been known in the past

East Lindsey Division The ~ Louth Park ~ Luda

Louth, Lincolnshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Louth, mun. bor., market town, par., and township, Lincolnshire, 27 miles NE. of Lincoln and 141 miles from London by rail - par., 3620 ac., pop. 10,827; bor. and township, 3250 ac., pop. 10,691; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. Luda was the name given to this place in ancient times, being derived from the stream called the Lud. The town was famed for the number of its monastic establishments. In modern times the trade of the town consists mainly in supplying the surrounding agricultural district with merchandise. Carpets are made, and there is some ironfounding, brewing, and carriage-making. The Louth Canal extends to the mouth of the Humber; it was constructed in 1761, at a cost of £12,000.

Louth, Lincolnshire in "A Topographical Dictionary of England" edited by Samuel Lewis (1848)

LOUTH (St. James), a market-town and parish, having separate jurisdiction, and the head of a union, locally in the Wold division of the hundred of LouthEske, parts of Lindsey, county of Lincoln, 28 miles (E. N. E.) from Lincoln, and 150 (N. by E.) from London; containing 8935 inhabitants. The ancient Latin name of this town was Luda, from its vicinity to the Lud, a small stream formed by the junction of two rivulets. It was distinguished for the number of its religious houses previously to the Reformation, and the inhabitants were the first to resist the measures enforced by Henry VIII. for their suppression. In 1536 they took part in the insurrection called the "Pilgrimage of Grace;" and the prior of Barlings, who was their leader, the vicar of Louth, four other priests, and seven laymen, were executed at Tyburn in the following year. A destructive plague, which raged here in 1631, from April until the end of November, swept away 754 persons. The town is pleasantly situated in a fertile vale eastward of the Wolds, bounded on the north and south by chalk hills, which command extensive and varied prospects. It is neat and well built, the houses being chiefly of brick and covered with tiles; the streets are paved, and lighted with gas, and the inhabitants are supplied with excellent water from several springs in the neighbourhood: the air is highly salubrious. Great improvements have been made of late years, including the addition of handsome frontages to many of the buildings in the principal streets; that of the King's Head hotel attracts much admiration. Gasworks were completed in April, 1826, by a company of proprietors with a capital of £9000, raised in £50 shares, under an act passed in 1825; in which year, also, an act was procured for lighting, paving, and watching the town. Assemblies and concerts are held in the mansionhouse, which contains an elegant suite of apartments, ornamented in the Grecian style; and a mechanics' institute, consisting of about 200 members, has offices in an extensive building in Mercer-row, erected in 1833, and which also comprises a subscription newsroom and library, a savings' bank, and a large apartment for public meetings.

Original Town Seal.

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