Stamford has an ancient history. The Romans constructed Ermine Street which passes through it only to be then pursued by Queen Boudica; almost a thousand years later it was the turn of the Anglo-Saxons against the Danish invaders. The conquering Normans built a castle (to be demolished four hundred years later) but it was during the Middle Ages that Stamford really flourished due to the wool trade. However, apart from its five medieval churches, the majority of the town's buildings date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In the late 1960's, it became Britain's first conservation area and is now designated an area of outstanding architectural interest. It is due to this early protection that has earned the town its accolade, seconded by the Sunday Times (national) newspaper describing it as the best place to live in the country.
Close to the bridge which crosses the River Welland stands the church of St. Martin's, built around 1150 and completely rebuilt three hundred years later. It contains some fine memorials to the Cecil family, the earliest dating from 1598, and also medieval stained glass brought from a neighbouring village in the 1700's.
For those interested in church timber, St. Martin's has finely detailed box pews and a carved lectern. It also has the more contemporary (1947) carved head of Christ - Consummatum Est by Alberdi - representing the moment of his death; an anti-war protest.
More of my images of Stamford and Burghley can be found on Flickr by clicking on the link here.