Horncastle is a market town of some 6,650 residents. It is in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire and is 22 miles east of Lincoln.
Horncastle lies to the south of the Lincolnshire Wolds, where the (north-south) River Bain meets the River Waring (from the east), and north of the West and Wildmore Fens. The south of Horncastle is called Cagthorpe. Langton Hill is to the west.
Horncastle used to be part of Horncastle Rural District in Lindsey, but is now in the district council of East Lindsey, based in Manby, east of Louth.
Horncastle has become nationally recognised for its numerous antique shops and centres and a map of these can be found in the Library. Today, Horncastle remains an unspoilt market town, offering a wide range of traditional shops and pubs, a swimming pool, doctors’ surgery, schools and a warm welcome.
Twin Town – Bonnétable – France
Horncastle is twinned with Bonnétable, a ville de marché (market town) in the French département of Sarthe with a population of 4,000 (approximately).
The towns’ relationship is commemorated by a Rue Horncastle in Bonnétable, and a Bonnétable road in Horncastle.
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