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Stamford

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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Stamford railway station serves the town of Stamford in Lincolnshire, England. The station is 12.5 miles (20 km) west of Peterborough on the (as built) Syston and Peterborough Railway, the line is now part of the much bigger Birmingham to Peterborough Line. CrossCountry operate the majority of services as part of their Birmingham to Stansted Airport route. It is owned by Network Rail and operated by East Midlands Trains (EMT) train operating company (TOC).

The station was formerly known as Stamford Town to distinguish it from the now closed Stamford East station in Water Street.

The station building is a fine stone structure in Tudor style, influenced by the nearby Burghley House, and designed by Sancton Wood.[4]

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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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Credit: David Gruar

High Street St Martin's, Stamford. Stamford is noted for its coaching inns and its churches. This photo shows an example of each: the Bull & Swan and St Martin's. This street formed part of the Great North Road, which explains the presence of the inns.

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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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