A new home in Horncastle, Lincolnshire
Horncastle is the perfect place to set up a new home if you want country living close to a big city. It is a beautiful market town in the county of Lincolnshire just 17 miles from the popular and vibrant city of Lincoln.
The town is steeped in heritage and history with cobbled streets, thatched houses and 18th and 19th century architecture. It is famous for its antique stores and vibrant markets selling locally-produced goods.
There is not a great deal of new housing development in the town so when new properties do become available, they are often eagerly sought after.
House prices in Horncastle
An average property in Horncastle is worth around £216,000 with values ranging from about £270,000 for a detached home to £110,00 for a flat or £138,000 for a terraced house.
*Housing marketing statistics taken from Zoopla in March 2019
Shopping, leisure and living in Horncastle
If you like antiques, Horncastle is the place for you. It has been named as 'best antiques town' because of its abundance of antique shops doubling as beautiful treasure troves – perfect to furnish and decorate your new home in the town.
Horncastle also has a great selection of tea rooms, restaurants and take-aways. So if you don’t feel like cooking, you can take a trip into town and take your pick of places to eat.
The town has active football, cricket and hockey clubs.
Transport links in Horncastle
If you want a new home in Lincolnshire that has easy access to the Norfolk coastline, Horncastle is a good place to start your new home search.
The A158 runs west-east past Horncastle, joining the county town of Lincoln and the popular seaside town of Skegness. The A153 joins Horncastle to Louth in the north and Sleaford and Grantham in the south.
Sixteen miles from Horncastle is the town of Metheringham which has a railway service direct to Peterborough from where you can travel to all major UK cities. There are direct trains to London and to Edinburgh via places such as Grantham, York and Leeds.
Regular buses run to Lincoln, Skegness and across the Wolds. The Viking Way long-distance footpath connects Horncastle to The Humber in the north and Oakham in the south.
Education in Horncastle
If you are moving to a new family home in Horncastle, finding a good school in the local area will be of high importance.
For older students there is a choice between Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School (which was founded in 1571 and is among the top schools in Lincolnshire) and the Banovallum School which has been serving the local community for fifty years. It is named after the former Roman town in which it stands - Banovallum means 'wall on the River Bain'.
A brief history of Horncastle
Standing between the Rivers Waring and Bain, Horncastle's history goes back a long way - the walls of the Roman town can still be seen. There is no sign of any major road, though, which suggests that the Romans’ principal route into and out of the town was along the River Bain.
In the Doomsday Book of 1086, Horncastle was listed as having 41 households, consisting of 29 villagers and 12 smallholders, and had 100 acres of meadow and two mills, all belonging to the king.
A flourishing town in the middle ages (it was given its market charter in the 13th century) Horncastle had a resurgence with the coming of the railways. It continues to attract tourists now with its stunning 18th and 19th century buildings – for example, The Grade II listed Old Court House, built in 1865, in the town centre.
Horncastle was formerly known for its great August Horse Fair, an internationally famous annual trading event which lasted until the early 20th century when the mechanisation of agriculture meant that the agricultural community lost interest in working horses.
New housing developments near Horncastle
Allison Homes is building 2 and 3 bedroom bungalows at Horncastle Rise.
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