Crowland has been welcoming visitors since monks first started arriving in the area to pay homage to St Guthlac, a monk who came here to live the life of a hermit in 701. From what had been an uninhabited island in the marshes known as the Fens, grew a thriving monastic community who established an Abbey in which they lived and worshipped. As the marshes were drained the monastry thrived and our town, Croyland, was established near to the Abbey.
Life in Crowland still centres on the Abbey. It is still a flourishing church that hosts numerous events throughout the year. A glance through the visitors book shows that hardly a day goes by without visitors from some far away place stopping and spending time here.
The Flower Festival takes place annually in the Abbey over the 3 days of the August Bank Holiday.
Crowland's other ancient attraction is the Trinity Bridge. Before the roads were laid the bridge straddled three rivers. A glance through the library local history section shows the bridge at the centre of local celebrations throughout the years and it continues to be so.
Crowland is a vibrant community with plenty to offer
visitors with a large number of community events taking place throughout
The Crowland Show a typical traditional country show takes place in June each year;
Apart from the Abbey there is a Methodist church and a Salvation Army Centre. The nearest Roman Catholic church is newly built St Norbergs in Spalding.
2 supermarkets open until 10pm, newsagents, post office, chemist, butchers, bakery, hardware/diy, florist, 3 ladies hairdressers, 2 barbers, library, garden centre and camping and caravanning centre,
A very small market is held every Friday in the main street with an excellent fruit and veg selection and fresh fish stall.
Eating and drinking
The old Copper Kettle, as pretty as a picture and a very popular old fashioned Teashop. Also very popular is the Fish & Chip shop that has a restaurant attached, The Bridge Cafe and a very authentic and friendly Italian restaurant, 4 public houses, 3 that serve food, chinese takeaway, 2 other takeaways that serve a variety of foods such as pizza, fried chicken, curry and burgers. Refreshements are also available in the Abbey at certain times during the week.
The George and Angel sits at the heart of the town.
Crowland has an excellent doctors surgery, a dentist and vet.
Crowland Cancer Fund charity has a shop in the town that is renowned for raising around £40 - 60k each year for cancer related organisations. The shop sells a wide range of bric a brac and has an impressive library section. On Saturdays their furniture and white goods are on sale at their Crowland warehouse.
There is a well stocked Library in the town where a wide range of local history books can be found.
Crowland Garden Centre is situated on the edge of the town, providing another place to eat, alongside the plants and wellies. A new addition to this is a soft play area for young children.
Crowland Caravan and camping centre is situated to the rear of the garden centre. This is a very well known business throughout the camping and caravaning community, catering for all their needs.
The fields are beautiful in the Autumn
Get up inthe air for the best view. If you don't like balooning then try Gliding which is available at the Crowland Gliding Club
The river Welland borders the town
The drive west to Market Deeping and Stamford, and the drive north to Spalding takes you along the unspoilt banks of the river Welland where Herons, perch on the riverbank and crested grebes play.
The west entrance to Crowland has a small fishing cut, here, posing for the camera are it's resident swans. each year they raise a family of around 6 sygnets.