CENTRAL TEA ROOMS
Welcome to Stamford’s
Central Cafe and Tea Rooms is Stamford’s oldest tea rooms. The timber-framed building is reputed to be part of a 15th Century great wool house which belonged to the Brownes, a wealthy family of wool merchants, who were responsible for the building of All Saints Church and St Browns Hospital.
Stamford is a thriving Lincolnshire market town full of historic buildings. Many of Stamford older buildings are built of local Lincolnshire limestone, making for a very attractive and homogeneous whole. All Saints church dates to the 13th century and houses memorials to the Browne family, who built the 15th-century almshouse known as Brownes Hospital. Just outside Stamford is Burghley House, one of the best Elizabethan mansions in the country, built by William Cecil, advisor to Elizabeth I. On the Deeping Road are the remains of Stamford Priory, a 12th-century Benedictine monastery.
Sir Walter Scott proclaimed Stamford ‘the finest stone town in Britain’. The traditional buildings that so impressed Scott led to the centre of historic Stamford being named a conservation area in 1967. With over 600 listed buildings, it is easy to see why; that total of 600 is more than half of the total for all of Lincolnshire!
Among those 600 buildings are no less than 5 medieval churches, a remarkable statistic when you consider that Stamford has a modern population of just over 20,000 inhabitants. A particular feature of the town centre is a large number of 17th and 18th-century coaching inns.
The Romans built their major road of Ermine street through what is now the middle of Stamford, linking London and Lincoln. The first real settlement grew up in the Danish period, and by the 10th century, Stamford was so large that King Edgar named it a borough, one of only 5 in the Danelaw region. During the medieval period, Stamford was a centre of the wool trade and produced a fine wool cloth known as Stamford Cloth.