Visit Louth and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Louth, Lincolnshire. Louth is an old market town, deriving its name from the River Lud, near the wooded gorge of Hubbards Hill. Although Roman and Anglo-Saxon remains have been found in the area the main interest concentrates on the spacious Perpendicular Church of St James, a splendid example of late Gothic design, rising to the height of 300 ft. The building was completed in 1441 and the spire added between 1501 and 1515. Twenty-one years later the sermon which incited the Pilgrimage of Grace, in which 20,000 Lincolnshire men took up arms in defence of the monasteries, was preached from the pulpit. Henry VIII was quick to suppress this well-meaning rebellion, describing the townsfolk in his reply to their petitions as the “rude commons of one shire, and that, one of the most brutal and beestlie of the whole realm”. The vicar and more than 60 other men from Louth, and as many more from surrounding parts of the country were hanged at Tyburn. The fine Cistercian abbey which inspired the Lincolnshire rising was built by the monks at the instigation of Bishop Alexander of Lincoln in 1139. It flourished until the Black Death almost wiped out the inmates, and was finally destroyed shortly after the Dissolution. All that may be seen today are two gaunt fragments of chancel wall and a maze of mounds and dykes.
The exterior of St Jamesís Church is impressive for its lofty windows, its brave array of battlements, and the east gable with a pierced parapet surmounted by a cross. The tower and crocketed spire are almost equal in height and completely in harmony. Inside there is an interesting modem font in alabaster, and in the north aisle an early l5th-century font with a buttressed stem enriched with traceried panels.
Nearby towns: Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Horncastle, Mablethorpe, Market Rasen, Skegness, Spilsby, Waltham
Nearby villages: Alvingham, Authorpe, Cornisholme, Covenham, Fotherby, Grimoldby, Hallington, Haugham, Keddington, Kelstern, Legbourne, Little Carlton, Little Cawthorpe, Little Grimsby, Manby, Muckton, North Elkington, North Ormsby, Old Bolingbroke, Scamblesby, South Cockerington, South Elkington, South Reston, Stenigot, Tathwell, Tealby, Utterby, Welton le Wold, Withcall, Yarburgh
Have you decided to visit Louth or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Louth bed and breakfast (a Louth B&B or Louth b and b)
- a Louth guesthouse
- a Louth hotel (or motel)
- a Louth self-catering establishment, or
- other Louth accommodation