Antiques and Collectables
Horncastle is a town to wander around and soak up the relaxed atmosphere
of country life, for this town has become a honey-pot for shops
specialising in antiques, collectables and bric-a-brac.
The Roman occupation of Horncastle is still evident
here and part of the old wall can be seen in the library on Wharf
Sir Joseph Banks & Captain Cook
Sir Joseph Banks, the famous explorer and botanist
was born at nearby Revesby in 1743. Aged 25 he sailed with Captain
Cook to the South Pacific exploring and recording wildlife.
William Marwood - Public Executioner
William Marwood was a boot and shoemaker who lived
in Foundry Street, Horncastle and had his shop in Church Lane from
1855. But Marwood's claim to fame is as a Public Executioner,
executing over 350 men and women with his own humane 'long drop'
method of hanging through a trap door.
St. Mary's Church & the Lincolnshire Rising
The Church of St. Mary's has the 13 scythe blades
said to have been used in the Lincolnshire Rising of 1536. On
the South Aisle wall is a memorial to Sir Ingram Hopton who was
killed at the Civil War Battle of Winceby in 1643. The Battlefield
site lies near Snipedales Country Park and Nature Reserve, east
of the town.
Market Place & Stanhope Memorial
In the popular Market Place stands the Stanhope
Memorial. This Gothic monument commemorates the local Member of
Parliament from 1885 until 1894, Edward Stanhope, Lord of the