Thanks guys. That’s really helpful.
I’m leaning more towards going with a fictional place, although based on a real location to help me be consistent with geographical details. For me, I think it’s becoming clear that there is a particular kind of place I envisage as the setting for this particular story.
Trying to shoehorn my story into a real place that doesn’t have the right atmosphere has been literally giving me a headache! So I might devise a town that is a bit of a fudge of a number of Lincolnshire places and see if I can make that work…
Thanks again for all your help. Your brainstorming has really helped bring my ideas together. I guess I’ll try and think more about setting at the outset for my future projects!