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Horncastle

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Horncastle is a market town in Lincolnshire, England, 17mi east of the county town of Lincoln. Horncastle had a population of 6,815 at the 2011 Census.HistoryRomansAlthough fortified, Horncastle was not on any important Roman roads, which suggests that the River Bain was the principal route of access.Roman Horncastle has become known recently as Banovallum (i.e. Wall on the River Bain) - this name has been adopted by several local businesses and by the town's secondary modern school. But, the Roman name for the settlement is not definitely known: Banovallum was suggested in the 19th century through an interpretation of the Ravenna Cosmography, a 7th-century list of Roman towns and road-stations. Banovallum may have been Caistor.The Roman walls remain in places – one section is on display in the town's library, which was built over the top of the wall. The Saxons called the town Hyrnecastre, from whence its modern name was derived.Domesday BookHorncastle is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as consisting of 41 households, including 29 villagers and twelve smallholders, and had 100acre of meadow and two mills, all belonging to King William.
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