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

It was over eleven miles in length, extending from Louth Riverhead to Tetney and eight locks were incorporated to overcome the forty six feet differential in levels involved. Trade through the canal was brisk and there were regular sailings to London and Hull and other local ports.

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Louth i/ˈlaʊθ/ (locally /laʊɛθ/) is a market town and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England.[1]

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

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Louth is also known for its specialist grocers,[34] and local butchers, Meridian Meats, have won numerous awards.[36] It is also home to The Cheese Shop, which has gained nationwide recognition, including in The Daily Telegraph,[37] The Guardian,[38] and on The Hairy Bikers' Food Tour of Britain.[39]

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Transition Town Louth is a community project, which organizes various events in and around the town aimed at promoting awareness of climate change and unsustainable resources. Part of a large social movement, many Transition Towns are now developing. A sub-group, the Community Food Gardens are encouraging a shift towards sustainable communities.

Louth also hosts Louth Swimming Club, Louth Old Boys (Football), Yom Chi Taekwondo, Kendojo Martial Arts, Louth Storm Basketball, Louth Chess Club, Louth Golf Course (Crowtree Lane) and Kenwick Park Golf Course (on the outskirts of the town) as well as Archery and a model aircraft club which uses Strubby and Manby Airfields.

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A church dedicated to St. Herefrith, at Louth, appears in accounts from the 13th to 15th centuries,[21] and one of his relics, an ivory comb, is recorded among the possessions of Louth's St. James Church in 1486.[23] Suggestions that the shrine, and later church, of St. Herefrith, were earlier incarnations of St. James has 'no supportive evidence' but St James' is the site of two earlier churches of which little is known.[24]

The town sits on the Greenwich meridian and a small plaque in Eastgate marks the line.

The 18th century wool warehouse at the head of the canal is now a restaurant and public meeting place and houses an excellent display of the canal. Although the waterway itself is no longer navigable, the towpaths have been restored and make a fine walk out of town.

Louth is noted for the wide selection of independent retailers, with around 70% of businesses independently owned.[31] In 2012, it was named 'Britain's Favourite market town' by the BBC's Countryfile.[32]

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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.[50] Louth Playgoers Society's Riverhead Theatre is on Victoria Road, to the east of the town.

Louth Cricket Club was formed in 1822 and play their home games at the London Road sports pavilion

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Æthelhard, a Bishop of Winchester who was made Archbishop of Canterbury in 793, was an abbot of Louth in his early life.[8]

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The Belmont television and radio mast, once one of the tallest structures in the European Union (until its height was reduced in 2010), is situated in the nearby village of Donington on Bain, 5 miles (8 km) west of the town.


There is a small Morrisons, formerly a Somerfield store,[40] which opened in 1985, and a Co-operative supermarket, which opened in 1989. The Co-op was given approval for an additional smaller store in 2013.[41]

Louth is home to Louth Town Football Club which plays in the Lincolnshire Football League.

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Louth is at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds where they meet the Lincolnshire Marsh and is known as the Capital of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It developed where the ancient trackway along the Wolds, known as the Barton Street, crossed the River Lud. The town is east of a gorge carved into the Wolds that forms the Hubbard's Hills. This area was formed from a glacial overspill channel in the last glacial period. The River Lud meanders through the gorge before entering the town.

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The Anglo-Saxon pagan burial ground, northwest of Louth, dates from the fifth to sixth centuries, and was first excavated in 1946.[5] With an estimated 1200 urn burials it is one of the largest Anglo-Saxon cremation cemeteries in England.[7]

The Centre opened on 6 February 2010, and, by 2013, had received almost one million visits, and was home to over 20 clubs.[51] It cost £12 million and consists of an 8 lane, 25 metre swimming pool and a two level gym with over 80 pieces of equipment, along with a sports hall and other facilities. The Louth Technology Hub, which is using 3D display technology, with a focus on sports groups and clubs, opened on the Centre's upper floor in October 2013.[52]

In 1920 disaster struck the prosperous town when the river and canal flooded, destroying large areas of Louth and killing 23 people. The waterway finally closed in 1924, after a period of decline following the opening of the railway.

Nestled at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds, the market town of Louth offers visitors splendid Georgian and Victorian architecture, fun activities, an abundance of independent shops, and, of course, a warm welcome.

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The town's long retail history is represented by a number of longstanding businesses, including the department store Eve and Ranshaw, whose history can be traced back to 1781,[33] Dales & Sons, poulterers since 1896,[34] and the century old butchers, Lakings of Louth.[34]

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Three handaxes have been found on the wolds surrounding Louth, dating from between 424,000 and 191,000 years ago, indicating inhabitation in Paleolithic era.[3] Bronze Age archeological finds include a 'barbed and tanged' arrowhead found in the grounds of Monks' Dyke Tennyson College.[4]