Stamford Travel Guide

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Stamford Overview

There a was a Roman settlement at a ford at the river Welland which later developed into an Aglo-Saxon town. At the time of the Danelaw, the Danes made Stamford one of their five fortifies cities (boroughs), but unfurtunately Stamford became the only one of them not to develop into a county town. After the Norman conquest, a castle was built which was pulled down in 1484. In the middle ages, Stamford was known for cloth trading, but the town did not keep up with changes in this trade and lost its importance. By the mid-19th century, Stamford has acquired most of today's shape, but did not play any role in the industrial revolution. Today, the town mostly lives from tourism as well as law and accounting businesses.

Stamford markets itself as England's finest stone town and has indeed a beautiful old town. Highlights include the five medieval parish churches and the castle ruins. Outside of the town centre but still within walking distance, you will find a former Norman church which was once part of a priory. Beside that, Burghley House, a 16th century palace, is considered one of the main sights in the region. The George, an inn with a long history and tradition, is a sight in itself. With over 600 listed buildings, it has more of them than all other places in Lincolshire together.