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Life in the Lincolnshire district named ‘downsizing capital’ of Britain

An increasing number of people living in the hustle and bustle of big cities are now opting for a cheaper and more tranquil way of life. The Lincolnshire district of East Lindsey has been named the ‘downsizing capital’ of Britain where the average detached home is £235,000 compared to £457,000 elsewhere.

According to estate agent Hamptons, as reported by the Daily Mail, buyers aged between 50 and 60 are scrambling to the vast Lincolnshire district in search of cheaper property. With the beautiful landscape of the Lincolnshire Wolds, sandy beaches that line the east coast and an array historic market towns, it’s easy to see why East Lindsey has become a popular downsizing destination.

One couple John and Susan Baggott, aged 75 and 71, frequently travel from Derby to Horncastle, and elsewhere in East Lindsey, for a peaceful getaway. The pair have considered buying a property in the district. John said: “It’s a very sociable and pleasant place to come to. Derby is just a big city and everybody is in a big rush, but this is a lot quieter and a more comfortable pace of life.

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“I wouldn’t mind living around here, it’s very nice. We find people very polite and friendly. There’s nice, small independent shops. Our favourite is the bakery, it’s the best bread in the world. We would move here for the bread if we could.”

Another couple, Jerry and Glen King, often travel from Sutton Coldfield to Spilsby to visit Glen’s mother. They too have considered moving to the serene Lincolnshire district on many occasions. Jerry said: “We’ve thought about moving here so many times because it’s so much cheaper. We almost moved here 25 years ago but the only thing that stopped us was having two primary school aged kids.”

Looking in an estate agent’s window, Jerry pointed out a large detached house for £500,000 noting that it would cost over £1 million where they live. He added: “I can see why people come here for that. It’s relaxing and peaceful, you don’t hear fire engines and sirens all the time.”



Glen and Jerry King in Spilsby town centre
Glen and Jerry King in Spilsby town centre

Glen added: “It’s like living in another time. I’ve got a horse at home and where we live I could never afford to keep her on my property. But you could afford to buy a paddock for her around here. We love to come here and even go down to the beach sometimes.”

With the multitudes of ‘outsiders’ flocking to the district, some of the lifelong residents have concerns. Amanda Lovett, 60, works at Shoes By Grace in Horncastle. She has lived in East Lindsey her whole life, apart from a brief move to London before moving back to Horncastle 18 years ago.

She said: “It’s a nice quiet town in a nice part of the country. There’s not that much crime but nowadays it does seem to be getting worse.



Horncastle town centre
Horncastle town centre

“A lot of outsiders are coming and not sticking to the rules of the countryside. Dog poos don’t get picked up and people don’t always talk now apart from locals. I moved to London years ago and that’s how it was, if you spoke to someone they’d think you’re crackers.

“People don’t realise that up here we do talk to each other. The only trouble with more people coming is they’re going to put prices up for the locals.

“People aren’t doing their research, they just think they can get a nice five-bedroom house and still have thousands of pounds left to spend in retirement without looking at where they’re moving to. They’ll complain about farm smells, church bells and things like that.”

Another long-term resident, Marie Mellor, 40, has lived in the village of Haltham for 22 years. She added: “It’s nice and quiet. People do come here and complain about things like the farmers on the road but we’re used to it.”



St James Church in Spilsby
St James Church in Spilsby

Martin Wells left Chesterfield in Derbyshire just over one year ago with his wife Maxine, 53, to buy a home in Spilsby. The 59-year-old hospital maintenance worker told the Daily Mail: “It was a no-brainer, really. We sold our two-bed detached house for £280,000 and bought a three-bed detached here for £198,000.

“The house price was the obvious bonus, but there are loads of other factors too. We have a dog and it is a great area for walks, with the Wolds and coast so close by.

“And I think it is just a much nicer, more relaxed pace of life living in a small market town with only a couple of thousand people then a big place like Chesterfield. I would say it’s a lot more laid-back. I understand that it’s not everyone but we have a much better quality of life. We absolutely love it.”

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