Stamford Best Place to Live in the UK 2019

It has more than 600 listed buildings – every one different, with plenty to catch your attention, from gargoyles and carvings to medieval almshouses. It continues to ooze class on a day-to-day level, too.

The Times 2019

Historic Georgian Town

Stamford is a beautiful Georgian town known for its historic buildings and copious shops and cafes. Dating back 1000 years, the town came into prominence in the 9 and 10 century and exudes character. Stamford is located on the River Welland, Lincolnshire, which runs behind the Stamford Junior School and it is at this point where it is believed that Boudicca crossed chasing the survivors of the Roman 9th Legion during their rebellion in AD61. Under the Saxons, the town grew in size and it is thanks to them that we owe the present name Stamford, deriving from its original name ‘Stony Ford’.

Great North Road

One of the most important transport links and Roman roads linking London to Lincoln and York in the north, the Great North Road (now superseded by the A1) used to run through the centre of Stamford. This road passes the historic coaching inn, the George, thought to be founded around 947AD. Like the School, the George has played a significant role in the town’s history, having hosted numerous famous guests including Charles I, William III, the King of Denmark (in 1768) and Sir Walter Scott – the Scottish writer and poet.

Great North Road

“Daniel Lambert was the heaviest man around at the time. Weighing 53 stone, he died in 1809 in Stamford, and is now buried in St Martin’s Churchyard in the town.”

“The Stamford bull run, was a bull-running and bull-baiting event held on St Brice's Day (13 November) in the town of Stamford for almost 700 years, until it was ended in 1839.”

"Stamford was the first conservation area in England and Wales under the Civic Amenities Act 1967. There are over 600 listed buildings in the town and its surrounding area."

Burghley House

Amongst Stamford’s notable buildings there are five medieval parish churches, and close-by sits Burghley House that was founded between 1555 and 1587 by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I. Burghley House is surrounded by Burghley Park that makes for interesting walks and runs; along with the Meadows which is parkland situated by the River Welland.

Burghley-House

 

Picture Postcard Stamford

Today, the town plays host to filmmakers seeking to show the ‘picture-postcard’ vision of England including films such as Pride and Prejudice. In summer, the Stamford Shakespeare company hosts plays in a nearby open-air Theatre at Tolethorpe Hall. Each year, there is the town’s Mid-Lent Fun Fair, that has its origins in the original Stamford Fair and dates to Norman times.

 

Photo © Nat Bocking (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Picture Postcard Stamford

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