orncastle is a market town in East Lindsey, located twenty-two miles east of the city of Lincoln and to the south of the Lincolnshire Wolds.  The town is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, when it consisted of forty-one households. Horncastle has been a historic chartered market town since 1231 and was once home to the world’s largest horse fair. At its peak in the 1800’s people were arriving from all over Europe to trade at the 600 year old event. The final fair took place in 1948.

St Mary’s Church in Horncastle has 13 scythe blades which are believed to have been used in the Lincolnshire Rising of 1563. Today Horncastle is famous within Lincolnshire for its antique shops.


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Horncastle enters the competition in the Market Towns Class, with a population of under 7,000 people.  The town has won its class four times in 1970, 1972 and more recently in 2007 and 2008. Horncastle has also come second four times and third twice.



We got involved in the Best Kept Villages and Small Towns Competition firstly as a way of trying to promote what we have in Horncastle and make other people aware of how good Horncastle is and how nice it would be to visit; but secondly to try and foster a sense of civic pride and get other organisations in the town working together to try and achieve a better environment for everybody

– Cllr Fiona Martin

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