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The view from Stamford Bridge looking up the hill towards the George Hotel

Stamford is a town and civil parish within the South Kesteven district of the county of Lincolnshire, England. It is located approximately 100 miles (160 km) to the north of London, on the east side of the A1 road to York and Edinburgh and bestrides the River Welland. The resident population at the 2001 census was 21,800,[1] including the adjacent parish of St Martin's Without.

The town is best known for its medieval core of seventeent-eighteenth century stone buildings, older timber framed buildings and five medieval parish churches.[2]

It is situated on the River Welland, in a south-westerly protrusion of Lincolnshire, between Rutland to the north and west, and Peterborough to the south. It borders Northamptonshire to the south-west at the only point in England where four ceremonial counties meet. Stamford was declared a conservation area in 1967 (the first urban conservation area) and has over 600 listed buildings, more than half of the total for the County of Lincolnshire. In April 1991, the boundary between Lincolnshire and Rutland (then Leicestershire) in the Stamford area was re-arranged[3] and now mostly follows the A1 to the railway line. The conjoined parish of Wothorpe is in the city of Peterborough. Barnack Road is the Lincolnshire/Peterborough boundary where it borders St. Martin's Without.

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Pictured left: Location of Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire is a county in the east of England. It borders Norfolk to the south east, Cambridgeshire to the south, Rutland to the south west, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire to the west, South Yorkshire to the north west, and the East Riding of Yorkshire to the north. It also borders Northamptonshire in the south for just 19 metres (20 yards), England's shortest county boundary.[4] The county town is Lincoln, where the county council has its headquarters.

The ceremonial county of Lincolnshire is composed of the non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire and the area covered by the unitary authorities of North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire. The county is the second largest of the English counties and one that is predominantly agricultural in land use.

The county can be broken down into a number of geographical sub-regions including: the Lincolnshire Fens (south Lincolnshire), the Carrs (similar to the Fens but in north Lincolnshire), the Lincolnshire Wolds, and the industrial Humber Estuary and North Sea coast around Grimsby and Scunthorpe.


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Sir Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent (29 April 1895 – 3 October 1967) was an English conductor, organist and composer widely regarded as Britain's leading conductor of choral works. The musical ensembles with which he was associated included the Ballets Russes, the Royal Choral Society, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and the London Philharmonic, Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. Sargent was held in high esteem by choirs and instrumental soloists, but because of his high standards and a statement that he made in a 1936 interview about musicians' rights to tenure, his relationship with orchestral players was often uneasy. Despite this, he was co-founder of the London Philharmonic, was the first conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic as a full-time ensemble, and played an important part in saving the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from disbandment in the 1960s.


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...Stamford was the first conservation area to be designated in England and Wales under the Civic Amenities Act 1967?
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References

  1. ^ "KS01 Usual resident population: Census 2001, Key Statistics for urban areas" Office for National Statistics.
  2. ^ "Stamford Conservation Area Draft Appraisal" South Kesteven Council conservation area appraisals.
  3. ^ "Boundary change IDB". 
  4. ^ "Lincolnshire County Council". Thebythams.org.uk. 24 October 2005. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 

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