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Farmers here grow everything from the humble carrot to the classy asparagus, not to mention a staggering number of flowers. The county grows half of Britain's bulbs while Spalding - also known as 'Tulip Land' - comes alive in spring when its fields look more like multi-coloured oil paintings.
The county's roots date back beyond the Romans who vanquished a British tribe known as the Coritani. In the 9th century the county was divided into 'wapentakes' by the Vikings who gave many of the towns Scandinavian-style names.
It became strategically critical during the Second World War when numerous RAF squadrons - including the Dambusters - flew from its airfields to attack Germany. Many of these, along with several important aviation museums, today draw crowds anxious to hear the full story of this turbulent time. On display are famous planes such as Spitfires and Lancaster bombers.