The town of Gainsborough is one of the many gorgeous and shimmering towns that lie along the River Trent. The Trent has long been an important body of water for the United Kingdom and some of England's most important routes in terms of shipping and warfare have been dependent on the flowing Trent. Not surprisingly, Gainsborough has long been an important shipping town and because it is the most inland port in all of England it is an absolutely indispensable part of the nation.
The North Sea is more than fifty-five miles from Gainsborough and, though the River Trent winds throughout the country and allows goods to be brought to ports from all over, Gainsborough has long been the port from which most of the inland part of the country has been able to get its goods from. These days, however, cargo is not carried on the sea in the capacity that it once had been in the years before aviation. As such, the impact and necessity of Gainsborough and its proximity to the River Trent has been overshadowed in recent years and shipping is no longer the immensely important thing it was to the town. Fortunately, Gainsborough still commands a large tourist trade because of the vast amount of history that has occurred in the town. The waterways are now more likely to be used as a way to coerce visitors with the lovely waterside resorts and picnic areas.
These days, it is the historical relics in Gainsborough that draw countless folks to the town each year. All Saints Church is perhaps the most popular attraction in the city and this isn't surprising since it is an imposing and beautiful edifice that was built in the mid 1700s and therefore has a wonderful mixture of both Classic Revival and Gothic style architecture. An even older and more imposing building, the Gainsborough Old Hall, is said to date back to the 1400s and is framed in timber with a giant brick tower jutting majestically to the sky. Such famous luminaries as Richard III and Henry VIII have stayed in this magnificent abode throughout the years. One of the most interesting aspects of the town, however, is the fact that Gainsborough could have been the capital of England at one time. During the early years of the 1000s the Danish Empire was in full force and for a short time the King of England was Sweyn Forkbeard. He set up his primary headquarters in Gainsborough but he died a mere five weeks into his reign. His son, Canute, became the new king and he decided to pack up and leave Gainsborough for a better capital. It is truly exciting, however, to imagine how the nation would be different were Gainsborough the capital of England. While such speculation is useless now, it still serves the purpose of showing how important and indispensable the town of Gainsborough has been to the United Kingdom throughout its entire existence and there is no reason why Gainsborough shouldn't maintain its importance far off into the future as well.