|Louth, a small market town is sometimes referred to as the "Capital of the Lincolnshire Wolds". The local church, St James', has a spire 295 feet tall and claims to be the tallest parish church in the UK.|
The church is famous as the starting point of The Lincolnshire Rising, a brief
rebellion of Roman Catholics against the establishment of the Church of England
by Henry VIII and his dissolution of the monasteries.
Shortly after the forced closure of Louth Abbey in 1536, the parishoners of Louth started a rebellion demanding an end to peacetime taxes, an end to the dissolution of the monasteries, and claiming the right to continue to practise their Catholic religion.
With additional supporters from neighbouring towns, a force of up to 40,000 marched on Lincoln and took over Lincoln Cathedral. Within a few days, Henry VIII sent word that they would have to face the forces under the Duke of Suffolk if they did not abandon their uprising.
Over the next year, the vicar of Louth, Thomas Kendall, and most of the other ringleaders were rounded up and executed for having taken part.
For Louth, as for many rural towns, the coming of the railway brought increased prosperity. The East Lincolnshire Railway, from Grimsby to Boston via Louth opened in 1847. Passenger services ended in 1970 with freight continuing until 1980. Once it was known that the line was to close, the Grimsby-Louth Railway Preservation Society was established, to try to preserve the line.
As in similar
situations throughout the country, this did not fit the plans of British Rail
who removed the track and buildings. The society has restored Ludborough station
and signal box as a working museum.
They also have a half-mile line on which they run trains hauled by both steam and diesel locomotives. They were originally hoping eventually to have a complete line from Louth to Grimsby.
However the building of a bypass near Grimsby took over some of the trackbed but it is still hoped to reconstruct the 10 miles of track between Louth and Waltham. They are now known as the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway.