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Much of the town centre is lined with brick buildings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the town's skyline is dominated by the Parish Church of St. James, the spire of which is 295 feet (89 metres) tall, reputedly the tallest parish church in the UK.
Inhabitants of Louth are known as Ludensians, taken from the name of the river Lud:
- Michael Foale, the first British-born astronaut, was born at the Crowtree Lane Hospital (since closed) in the town (his father was stationed at the nearby Royal Air Force base at Manby).
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson was born in Somersby, between Louth and Horncastle, and was educated at Louth Grammar School.
- Corinne Drewery, lead singer of the band Swing Out Sister, attended schools in the town whilst growing up in the village of Authorpe, between Louth and Alford.
- Jeffrey Archer was elected the town's member of parliament in a by-election in 1969. He stood down at the October 1974 general election.
Nearby places of interest
Louth will be the eventual southern terminus of the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, based at nearby Ludborough .
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays are all market days, with a farmers' market on the fourth Wednesday of each month. A cattle market is held each Thursday at the Louth Livestock Centre on Newmarket.
Louth is located at 53°22'00" North, 00°01'00" West (53.3667, -0.0167)1. The point at which the Greenwich Meridian crosses Eastgate is marked with a plaque on the north side of the street, close to the junction with Northgate.
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