About Lincolnshire

A Few Facts About Lincolnshire

We thought that we’d help you to discover and learn about Lincolnshire by telling you just a few interesting facts:

  1. Lincolnshire is the second largest county in England by area, yet just eighteenth largest by population.
  2. Lincolnshire is bordered by eight other counties (East Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk).
  3. Its boundary with Northampton is just 18 metres long and is the shortest county boundary in England.
  4. Lincolnshire has over 50 miles of coastline stretching from The Humber in the north to The Wash in the south.
  5. Many of its beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status.
  6. The Lincolnshire Wolds has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  7. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was born and raised at Somersby in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
  8. Lincolnshire is the UK’s largest producer of potatoes, wheat, cereal and poultry, and is the second largest producer of sugar beet.
  9. Over 38% of bulbs grown in the UK come from Lincolnshire.
  10. Lincoln is the fastest growing city in the UK.
  11. Lincoln was a very important Roman town and has the only Roman arch in Britain under which traffic is still allowed to travel.
  12. Lincoln has two Roman roads running through it: Ermine Street (from London to York) and Fosse Way (from Lincoln to Exeter).
  13. Lincoln Castle was built by William the Conqueror and is home to one of only four surviving copies of Magna Carta.
  14. The Victorian Prison at Lincoln Castle was featured in episodes of Downton Abbey.
  15. Lincoln Cathedral has a library designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
  16. Parts of the Da Vinci Code were filmed in the Chapter House at Lincoln Cathedral.
  17. Burghley House near Stamford is the finest Elizabethan house in England. It is here that the world-famous Burghley Horse Trials take place every year. Pride and Prejudice was filmed at Burghley House in 2005.
  18. It was at his home at Woolsthorpe Manor, near Grantham, that Sir Isaac Newton began to devise his Laws on Gravitation, after reputedly watching apples fall from a tree in the garden.
  19. Grantham was the birthplace of the UK’s only female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
  20. Many of the Pilgrim Fathers who founded America, set sail from Boston in the 17th Century.
  21. Lincolnshire had more airfields than any other county during World War Two. It was known as Bomber County and pilots returning from raids over Germany used Lincoln Cathedral as a landmark to guide them home.
  22. Lincolnshire is home to The Red Arrows and The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
  23. The largest air show in the UK – the Waddington Air Show – is held just outside Lincoln every year.