Just off Cornmarket, the new market hall is where to find two of Lincolnshire's local delicacies: stuffed chine (cured forequarters of pig stuffed with parsley), and plum bread.
There's a sense of occasion on Wednesdays. Friends meet, the pubs do good business, stalls spill onto Market Place. But how long Louth will remain a consummate market town is in question. Work to create a 'Georgian street scene' using cobbles (liked by tourists but not local people with disabilities) is already under way, and the council is fighting plans for a nearby supermarket.
Returning to the auction, a curious collection came up for bidding a while back: a toilet seat, a pair of Wellington boots and a rubber mat 'to stop you slipping . . . Who'll give me 10p for the lot?'
Louth Market, Cornmarket, Lincolnshire; 9am-4pm Wed, Fri, Sat; auction 10am WedReuse content