Blue Plaques

View the list of Blue Plaques in Horncastle and use with our Town Walk leaflet. Learn more about our rich heritage and famous people.

The Society are responsible for the selection and production of the Blue Plaques in Horncastle, with funding assistance from the Town Council.

We suggest that you use the following list and the Horncastle Town Walk leaflet we devised, with Lincolnshire County Council, to appreciate the attraction of our ancient market town.  The plaques are in the order they appear when using the Walk leaflet.  The only plaque you will not see during the walk, unless you deviate through the Wong, is the Drill Hall on Boston Road.

  1. The Court House in North Street.
  2. The August Horse Fair in the Bullring.
  3. Sir Joseph Banks' town house in the High Street.
  4. The Drum Clock on Sir Joseph Banks' house.
  5. The North Basin of the navigation canal in Bridge Street (Hares).
  6. The first Dispensary (1789) in St.Mary's Churchyard.
  7. The first Workhouse next to the Dispensary.
  8. The site of Sellwood House on Woolworths in Manor House Street.
  9. The Manor House.
  10. Remains of the Roman Wall on the end of the Community Centre in Manor House Street (near Banovallum House gates).
  11. The shop of our Crown Executioner William Marwood in Church Lane.
  12. The South line of our Roman Fort, on the side of the Library in Wharf Road.
  13. The Butter Market in St. Lawrence Street (Achurch).
  14. The Drill Hall on Boston Road (Town Hall).

 Additional blue plaques have been erected since the above.

15. On 5th June 2008 a plaque was unveiled on 30 West Street to commemorate the work of Edward Harrison MD  a physician in the town, medical reformer and pioneer in curing spinal deformities. 

16. In June 2018 the first blue plaque for a woman in the town was unveiled.  This is on 40 East Street and commemorates the work of Annie Dixon , one of the most famous miniature portrait artists of the Victorian period and a particular favourite of Queen Victoria herself.

17. In September 2021, Mrs Keith Sellars unveiled a plaque to Thomas Sully. He was born in Horncastle and became a famous aetist in America. He painted portraits of several Presidents and famous figures.





Remains of the Roman Wall on the end of the Community Centre in Manor House Street

Remains of the Roman Wall on the end of the Community Centre in Manor House Street


William Marwood, Crown Executioner

William Marwood
Crown Executioner

Annie Dixon plaque

Annie Dixon plaque with portrait of Mary Tennyson and photograph of Annie.