Grantham is the gateway to Lincolnshire – with its A1 links and high speed rail service to London in just over an hour. The town picked up two accolades recently when it was named as one of the top commuter towns in the country with good value property and one of the best towns to live in Britain! Sir Isaac Newton was the most famous pupil of Grantham’s Kings School. More recently, Britain’s first woman Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher was born in the town and Britain’s first policewoman served here. The original Guildhall now houses a lively Arts Centre and the Tourist Information Centre and at the heart of Grantham is the parish church of St. Wulfram with its soaring 282 ft spire – one of the most important town churches in England.
A Town Trail of Grantham is available together with guided walks giving an insight into by-gone days and local history. Grantham has an expanding and developing town centre, with many thriving shops, indoor shopping centres and a bustling Saturday street market. North of Grantham is Belton House, a Restoration country house with 25 rooms open to the public. 1300 acre landscaped park, formal gardens and woodland adventure playground.
Sleaford has a population of around 14,500 and is within the North Kesteven District which covers an area of approximately 356 square miles. Surrounded by flat fenland countryside, it is an attractive and busy small market town whose skyline is dominated by the 144-foot stone spire of St.Denys’ Church. It has an ancient heritage and notable historic buildings include the remains of its 12th-century castle where the ailing King John is said to have been taken after his accident in The Wash.
As well as having three outdoor markets a week, Sleaford is home to The National Centre for Craft & Design – the UK’s largest centre for craft, design and making. The River Slea runs through the town and you can also follow the picturesque walk along the Slea Navigation to Cogglesford Mill, a fully restored and working 18th century watermill where milling has taken place for over a thousand years.
The surrounding countryside is full of walking opportunities allowing you to discover the area’s picturesque landscape and distinct heritage.