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Louth is a market town and civil parish within the East Lindseymarker district of Lincolnshiremarker, Englandmarker.


Known as the "capital of the Lincolnshire Woldsmarker", it is situated where the ancient trackway Barton Street crosses the River Lud, and has a total resident population of 15,930.

The Greenwich Meridian crosses Eastgate and this point is marked with a plaque on the north side of the street, close to the junction with Northgate. The three-mile £6.6m A16marker Louth Bypass opened in August 1991. The former route is the B1520.


Historically, the town is most noted as the origin of the Lincolnshire Rising, the forerunner of Pilgrimage of Grace, on 1 October 1536, starting in St. James Church, Louthmarker.

A stone plaque on Bridge Street showing the flood water level
flood occurred in the town on May 29, 1920, causing 23 deaths. Several stone plaques in the town show the high water level reached. Other, less devastating floods occurred on 25 June and 20 July in 2007.

Margaret Wintringham succeeded her dead husband at the Louth by-election in September 1921, to become the Liberals' first woman MP, and Britain's third woman MP.


Much of the town centre is lined with brick buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries and the town's skyline is dominated by St. James' Churchmarker, the spire of which is tall, though shorter than both Norwich Cathedralmarker ( ) and Salisbury Cathedralmarker ( ) in terms of spire height, it is reputedly the tallest Anglican parish church in the United Kingdommarker. Louth museum has a Panorama Gallery which features two back-lit replicas of William Brown’s Panorama of Louth viewed from the top of St James’s spire in 1844. The panorama gives a unique and vivid representation of the streets, businesses, homes and people of the town and the landscape as far as the North Sea to the east and northwards to the Humber estuary and beyond. The church was built in 1515.

The tallest structure in the European Union, the Belmontmarker television and radio mast, is situated in the nearby village of Donington on Bainmarker, five miles west of the town.

ABM Pauls used to have a large maltings, which is now derelict.

Twin town

Louth's twin town is La Ferté-Bernardmarker, close to Le Mansmarker in Pays-de-la-Loiremarker, Francemarker.


Louth is noted for the wide selection of independent retailers in the town, in particular specialist grocers .

Just off the Market Place is the department store Eve and Ranshaw, whose history can be traced back to 1781 [46040] whilst Eastgate is noted for its range of local shops.

Major retailers have failed to make an impact in Louth. Boots the Chemist, Argos, New Look, Wilkinsons and WHSmith have small outlets in the town. The Woolworth's store closed in early 2009 as a result of the company's demise. Halfords opened a store in the Fairfield Industrial Estate in April 2009. Banks have a significant presence in the town; NatWest, Barclays, Lloyds TSB, HSBC, Abbey and Nationwide all have branches in the town centre.

The large number of independent food outlets may be due to the lack of any major supermarket chain in the area. Louth currently has two supermarkets, a small Morrisons (converted from a Somerfield store) and a Co-operative supermarket. However a third retailer, Sainsbury'smarker, is presently submitting an application for a new 30,000 square feet store near the town centre .

There is also speculation as to the site of the former cattle market which had been linked to an application from Sainsbury's and is now linked to a bid from Tescomarker.

Market times

Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays are all market days, with a farmers' market on the fourth Wednesday of each month. A cattle market is held each Thursday at the Louth Livestock Centre on Newmarket.


Primary schools

Secondary schools

Further education

A new £3m further education college, called Wolds College, was built next to the Cordeaux School. Construction by the Lindum Group started in November 2007, and the college officially opened in October 2008. Unlike many Lincolnshire secondary modern schools, both Cordeaux and Monks' Dyke have their own sixth forms; East Lindsey's only other secondary modern with a sixth form is at Skegness. Although the town is well served for A-level provision, vocational courses were less well served until the college opened in this part of East Lindsey in September 2008, although there is the Grimsby Institutemarker some fifteen miles away.

Places of interest

Pahud Memorial, Hubbards Hills, with the River Lud.
Photograph courtesy of Dr. Peter Huke

Hubbard's Hillsmarker is one of the town's main attractions. It was opened to the public in 1907. The park is dedicated to the memory of Annie Pahud, the central character of a beautiful but tragic real-life love story. The park is situated in a glacial overspill channel that forged the course for a small river, the Lud. It meanders along the deep, flat valley bottom between steep, wooded slopes on either side.

Cadwell Parkmarker motor racing circuit is around four miles south of the town, between the villages of Scamblesbymarker and Tathwell.

Louth will be the eventual southern terminus of the Lincolnshire Wolds Railwaymarker, based at nearby Ludboroughmarker. The town was formerly on the East Lincolnshire Railway from Peterboroughmarker to Grimsbymarker, an important north-south route, which opened in 1848, especially for holidaymakers in the summer. The line to Mablethorpemarker also started in the town from 1877, closing in 1960. The section to near Wainfleetmarker closed in 1961, with the Louth to Grimsby section later continuing for passengers until October 1970 with freight stopping in 1980. The former station is now residential flats; there are other reminders still standing.

Alfred Lord Tennyson was educated at King Edward VI Grammar Schoolmarker and a stone inscription to commemorate this forms part of a wall on Schoolhouse Lane in Louth.

The town's Playhouse Cinema is on Cannon Street, and is home to Louth Film Club, which won the British Federation of Film Societies' Film Society of the Year Award in 2008. The Riverhead Theatre is on Victoria Road, to the east of the town.


The Southwold Jazz Band are the resident band at Louth New Orleans Jazz Club, performing every Saturday night at the club in Queen Street. Electronic duo Team Doyobi also began collaboration in Louth. Ex-Magazine player Dave Formula lives in Louth and his new electronic punk/world fusion extravaganza the Angel Brothers frequently play in the area. Louth is also famous as the hometown of internationally celebrated eclectic ska punk Unlucky Fried Kitten.

Other local bands include Swing Out Sister, The Wasp Factory. Proles And Stranded are also local to Louth, also bands such as Five Shots Left and Silence Yourself have originated musicians in Louth. The band Five Shots Left from Louth won the 2006 Lincolnshire youth battle of the bands hosted by Diversity.

Local economy

Froveg is on Westgate. Many national food campaigning organisations are based on Eastgate under the umbrella organisation the Processed Vegetable Growers Association, notably:

Notable Ludensians

Inhabitants of Louth are known as Ludensians, taken from the Latin name of the town (Lude, Luda).


  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : East Lindsey Retrieved 2009-09-18
  4. Louth New Orleans Jazz Club
  5. Stuart Storey

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