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Near Stamford (actually in the historic Soke of Peterborough) is Burghley House, an Elizabethan mansion, vast and ornate, built by the First Minister of Elizabeth I, Sir William Cecil, later Lord Burghley.[4] The house is the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Exeter. The tomb of William Cecil is in St Martin's Church in Stamford. The parkland of the Burghley Estate adjoins the town of Stamford on two sides. Also inside the district of Peterborough is the village of Wothorpe.

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It's widely regarded at one of the finest stone towns in England, it was used as Meryton in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice film, it has bags of charm, character and year round appeal too.

Tobie Norris had a famous bell foundry in the town in the 17th century; his name is now better known as a popular pub on St Paul's Street.[28]

Hidden deep in the heart of the countryside nestles an 18th Century mill and country farm where the treasures of farming and country life lie waiting to be discovered.

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The Stamford Mercury claims to have been published since 1695, and to be "Britain's oldest newspaper".[24] The London Gazette also claims this honour, having been published since the 1660s; however, it is not now a newspaper in the usual sense.

Stamford was the first conservation area to be designated in England and Wales under the Civic Amenities Act 1967.[citation needed] Since then the whole of the old town and St Martin's has been made an outstanding area of architectural or historic interest that is of national importance. The town has over 600 listed buildings, more than half of the total for the County of Lincolnshire.

We have over 600 listed buildings of mellow limestone in the town centre including five medieval churches, all real gems and the 12th century ruins St Leonard’s Pop into the Stamford Tourist Information and purchase a copy of the Stamford Jarrold’s Guide, which has a wonderful self guided tour! Find out much of our history

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The town has 17th and 18th-century stone buildings, older timber-framed buildings and five medieval parish churches.[2] In 2013, Stamford was rated the best place to live by the Sunday Times.[3]

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Tourism plays an important part and there is substantial presence of professional law and accountancy firms. Health, education and other public service employers also play a role in the local economy, notably the hospital, two large medical general practices, schools (including independent schools) and the further education college. Hospitality is provided by a large number of hotels, licensed premises and many restaurants, tearooms and cafés.

Stamford was the first town in the country to create a conservation area in 1967 and it has this to thank for the fact that over the subsequent half century much of its historical architectural heritage has remained intact. See Martin Smith's History of Stamford

The town has a bus station on part of the old Castle site in St Peter's Hill.[34] The main bus routes are two routes to Peterborough, via Helpston or via Wansford, and to Oakham, Grantham, Uppingham and Bourne. There are also less frequent services to Peterborough by other routes. Delaine services terminate at their old depot in North Street. Other operators active include Kimes, Blands and Peterborough Council.

Stamford really bustles with life, especially on market day - Friday, when the pavements are packed with eager shoppers stocking up on local veg, meats and fresh fish. Despite this, Stamford always offers corners of peace and quiet. Tranquillity is guaranteed on the banks of the River Welland which winds its way through Stamford enroute to The Wash; take a seat here for a while and admire the wildlife.

Stamford was a walled town[4] but only a very small portion of the walls now remain. Stamford became an inland port on the Great North Road, the latter superseding Ermine Street in importance. Notable buildings in the town include the mediaeval Browne's Hospital, several churches and the buildings of Stamford School, a public school founded in 1532.[4]

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In 1991, the boundary between Lincolnshire and Rutland (then Leicestershire) in the Stamford area was rearranged[15] and now mostly follows the A1 to the railway line. The conjoined parish of Wothorpe is in the city of Peterborough. Barnack Road is the Lincolnshire/Peterborough boundary where it borders St Martin's Without.

South of the town is RAF Wittering, a main employer which was until recently the home of the Harrier. The base originally opened in 1916 as RFC Stamford, which closed then reopened in 1924 under its present title.

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On Sundays and Bank Holidays from 16 May 2010, there are five journeys to Peterborough operated by Peterborough City Council, on routes via Wittering/Wansford, Duddington/Wansford, Burghley House/Barnack/Helpston and Uffington/Barnack/Helpston. There is also a National Express coach service between London and Nottingham each day including Sundays. Route maps and timetables are on Lincolnshire County Council's website, as responsibility for overseeing transport lies with that level of government.

There is a huge range of attractions in and around Stamford, don't miss the majestic Burghley House, a breathtaking Elizabethan stately home which is still privately owned. You may recognise Burghley House from its many appearances on the big screen, including The Da Vinci Code and Pride & Prejudice when it played the home of Lady Catherine De Bourgh!

Stamford has five state primary schools - Bluecoat, St Augustine's (RC), St George's, St Gilbert's and Malcolm Sargent, and the independent Stamford Endowed Schools Junior School, a co-educational school for children from ages two to eleven.[35]

This internationally famous nature reserve is managed in partnership with Anglian Water and the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain,


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There is one state secondary school in the town itself; Stamford Welland Academy (formerly Stamford Queen Eleanor School). This was formed in the late 1980s after the dissolution of the town's two comprehensive schools - Fane and Exeter. It became an academy in 2011. In April 2013, a group of parents announced their intention to establish a Free School in the town[36] but their proposal did not receive government backing. In 2014 Queen Eleanor's was renamed Stamford Welland Academy.

The Pick Motor Company was in Stamford. A number of smaller firms — welders, printers and so forth — are either in small collections of industrial units, or more traditional premises in older mixed-use parts of the town.

National jeweller F. Hinds can trace their history back to the clockmaker Joseph Hinds, who worked in Stamford in the first half of the nineteenth century; they also have a branch in the town.[20]

Stamford has a town council.[12] The arms of the town council are Per pale dexter side Gules three Lions passant guardant in pale Or and the sinister side chequy Or and Azure.[13] The three lions are the English royal arms, the blue and gold chequers are the arms of the de Warennes, who held the Manor in the 13th century.

From the sophisticated Tobie Norris and the bustling London Inn to the warm and friendly Kings Head and Jolly Brewer, with its HD TV's and regular rotation of well kept real ales, Stamford has a fine selection of bars and public houses.

Stamford is part of the Parliamentary constituency of Grantham and Stamford. The incumbent Member of Parliament is the Conservative, Nick Boles.[11]

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