In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Stamford like this:
Stamford.-- mun. bor. and market town, partly in Northamptonshire but chiefly in Lincolnshire, on river Welland, 12 miles NW. of Peterborough by rail, 1766 ac., pop. 8773; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Monday and Friday. Stamford is a place of great historic interest; was one of the five chief cities of the Danes; was fortified by Stephen; and during the Middle Ages became the seat of a university and of several religious establishments, and was frequently visited by the English sovereigns. ...
It contains no less than six parish churches. It carries on an extensive trade both by river and rail, is the centre of an agricultural district, and has mfrs. of agricultural implements and a large malting business. Stamford was chartered by Edgar (972) and by Edward IV.; it regularly returned 2 members to Parliament from the time of Henry VIII. until 1867, and 1 member from 1867 until 1885.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Stamford has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of South Kesteven. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Stamford and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Stamford, in South Kesteven and Lincolnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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