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Sleaford is a market town and civil parish in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, a non-metropolitan county in the east of England. It is on the edge of the fertile Fenlands, about 11 miles (18 km) north-east of Grantham, 16 miles (26 km) west of Boston, and 17 miles (27 km) south of the city and county town of Lincoln. With an estimated resident population of 17,671 at the time of the 2011 Census, the town is the largest settlement in North Kesteven, and makes up roughly 15% of its total population. Bypassed by the A17 and the A15, it is connected to Lincoln, Newark, Peterborough and King's Lynn. Sleaford railway station is on the Nottingham to Skegness (via Grantham) and Peterborough to Lincoln Lines. The first settlement formed during the Iron Age where a prehistoric track crossed the River Slea. It was a tribal centre and home to a mint for the Corieltauvi during the 1st centuries BC and AD. Evidence of Roman and Anglo-Saxon settlement has been uncovered, and by the late Saxon period the town was an economic and jurisdictional centre with a court and market. During the medieval period, records differentiate between Old and New Sleaford, the latter emerging in the areas around the present day market place and St Denys' Church. Sleaford Castle was constructed in the 12th century for the Bishops of Lincoln, who owned the manor. Granted the right to hold a market in the mid-12th century, New Sleaford developed into a market town and became locally important in the wool trade, while Old Sleaford declined. From the 16th century, the landowners were the Carre family, who operated tight control over the town, and it grew little in the early modern period. The manor passed from the Carre family to the Hervey family by the marriage of Isabella Carre to John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, in 1688. The town's common land and fields were legally enclosed by 1794, giving ownership mostly to the Hervey family; this coincided with making the Slea into a canal, and heralded the first steps towards modern industry. The Sleaford Navigation brought economic growth until it was superseded by the railways in the mid-1850s. In the 20th century, the sale of farmland around Sleaford by Bristol Estates led to the development of large housing estates. The subsequent availability of affordable housing combined with the town's educational facilities and low crime rates made it an attractive destination for home-buyers. As a result, the town's population underwent the fastest growth of any town in the county during the 1990s. Sleaford was primarily an agricultural town until the 20th century, supporting a cattle market, with seed companies, such as Hubbard and Phillips, and Sharpes International Seeds, being established in the late 19th century. The arrival of the railway made the town favourable for malting. Industry has declined, and in 2011 the most common occupations are in wholesale and retail trade, health and social care, public administration and defence and manufacturing. Regeneration of the town centre has led to the redevelopment of the old industrial areas, including the construction of the National Centre for Craft & Design on an old wharf.

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Facts and Stats for Sleaford*

  • Pollution Statistics in Sleaford

    Know the pollution level of Sleaford before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
  • Sleaford: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Sleaford for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sleaford.

    • Burglary and Theft 37.5 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 21.88 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 21.88 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 37.5 (Low)
    • Attacks 28.13 (Low)
    • Drug offense 40.63 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 78.13 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 59.38 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 34.38 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.88 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 43.75 (Moderate)
  • Living in Sleaford - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Sleaford is 191.4 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 66.8 (High)
    • Climate Index 86.56 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 17.24 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 20 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 68.62 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 75.93 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.97 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 104.91 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Sleaford

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Sleaford

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.03 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.93 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 28.7 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.64 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 58.78 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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