Colin Crosby Heritage Tours


Louth is a bustling but unspolt Georgian market town in Lincolnshire, on the River Lud and 14 miles from Grimsby.

St. James` Church has a beautiful slender spire, at 295 feet the highest spire of any parish church in England. The church itself was completed in 1441, and the spire added between 1502 and 1515.

It was here that the sermon was preached that led to the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536, when 20,000 Lincolnshire men rebelled against the suppression of the monasteries. The Vicar and more than 60 other local men were hanged at Tyburn for their part in the rebellion.

There was a fine 12th century Cistercian abbey at Louth, but there are now only scant ruins.

The town has a weekly cattle market as well as general markets.

There are some fine Georgian red brick houses close to the church on secluded Westgate.

Tennyson attended the Grammar School, and had his first book published here. The explorer John Franklin attended the same school.

The singer Barbara Dickson comes from Louth.

Jeffrey Archer was the local M. P.

The Greenwich Meridian Line passes through Louth.

Places in Louth

Westgate House