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If you like the area but want better rail connections, Newark-onTrent, 14 miles south-east of Lincoln, is a real gem – one of those “ancient market towns” that really lives up to its billing. There is a busy market square (above), a ruined castle overlooking the river and an impressive number of tree-lined residential streets with Edwardian red-brick houses.
On offer: a Grade IIlisted, one-bedroom cottage in a conservation area in the town centre for £107,500 with Newton Derry (01636 706444; www.newtonderry.co.uk).
Grantham, 23 miles south of Lincoln, is another option. Its most famous son is Sir Isaac Newton, who attended the town grammar school; its most famous daughter is Margaret Thatcher, who was born there in 1925. Modern Grantham is hardly Thatcherism at its best: the town suffers from unsympathetic development in the old town centre. But there are a few pleasant enclaves and prices are competitive.
On offer: a twobedroom, terrace house within easy reach of the railway station for £95,000 with Humberts (01476 514514).
On the other side of Lincoln, Gainsborough, 15 miles to the north-west of the city, is a sprawling market town on the LincolnshireNottinghamshire border, with an 18th-century bridge across the Trent. Parts of the town are quite scruffy, but there are reasonable shops and amenities, one or two elegant residential streets and very competitive house prices.
On offer: a twobedroom, semi-detached house for £81,950 with Town and Country Property (01427 811195).