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Horncastle is a market town in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 17mi geographically east, and 22mi by road, from the city and county town of Lincoln. Horncastle has a population of 6,651.HistoryRomansThe Romans built a fort at Horncastle, which possibly became a Saxon Shore Fort. Although fortified, Horncastle was not on any important Roman roads, which suggests that the River Bain was the principal route of access.Roman Horncastle has become known as Banovallum (i.e. "Wall on the River Bain") - this name has been adopted by several local businesses and by the town's secondary modern school. But, the Roman name for the settlement is not definitely known: Banovallum was suggested in the 19th century through an interpretation of the Ravenna Cosmography, a 7th century list of Roman towns and road-stations. Banovallum may have been Caistor.The walls of the Roman fort remain in places — one section is on display in the town's library, which was built over the top of the wall. The Saxons called the town Hyrnecastre, from whence its modern name was derived.
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