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Things to do in Kirton in Lindsey, Lincolnshire

St. Andrew's Church © Paul Hildreth
St. Andrew's Church © Paul Hildreth

Kirton sits on the scarp slope of the Lincoln Edge and on the spring line between limestone and underlying clays. The old springs can still be found, though they are now in private gardens.

The town is regarded as having two parts - the lower 'Church Town' and the upper 'High Town'. The Church Town is a maze of narrow, winding streets around the St. Andrew's church, while the High Town is centred on the old market place.

Kirton was an important market and commercial centre with its own law courts. The toll house for market tolls still stands though its function has chaged with time.

New roads, which have by-passed the town, faster modern transport links, the closure of the nearby cement quarries and the relatively recent growth of Scunthorpe, have all contributed to the town's changing fortunes. Today it serves as a commuter town for larger centres within Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire but retains some of its former local importance by having the area's 11-16 comprehensive school, to which pupils are transported from surrounding villages.

Description by Paul Hildreth

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