Standing on the eastern side of the Lincolnshire Wolds, the appealing town of Louth is the main market centre for the district. It once rivaled the City of Lincoln but today remains a sleepy backwater of mainly Georgian architecture. The town grew up around a great Cistercian Abbey that once provided a thriving wool and cloth trade, producing the famous Lincoln Green associated with Robin Hood. The Abbey was destroyed during the Dissolution of Henry VIII, when several of the monks were also hanged in the town square, for refusing to obey the Royal Commissioners.
Louth Town Centre © TAB
The town centre is a pleasure to wander around, with its narrow winding streets and alleyways packed with shops, Georgian houses and some older inns. The 15th/16th century parish church of St James is topped by an impressive 140ft spire. It is one of the most attractive churches in the midlands.
Louth grammar school was founded by Edward VI and was attended by the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, who also lodged in the town. A plaque marks the dwelling in Westgate Place where he stayed with his grandmother. The shop that published his "Poems by Two Brothers" still stands in the market square.
Louth Museum © TAB
The town museum, run by the Naturalists, Antiquarian and Literary Society, is an attractive little building (1884). It contains some interesting artifacts, including a first class collection of butterflies, moths, fossils and locally woven carpets.