Thursday, 25 May 2017
I spent a wonderful morning in Lincoln today visiting the medieval Castle, the Victorian Prison and the 11th/12th century Cathedral.
The pretty Steep Hill.
The entrance to the castle.
I walked right around the one-third mile circumference on the medieval castle walls, up and down lots of steps. The castle was built in the late 11th century by William the Conqueror on the site of a Roman fortress.
The view of the present town outside the walls.
Inside the Victorian prison built within the walls. Spooky.
I was so fortunate to be able to see three priceless medieval documents (no photos allowed): the Magna Carta held by Lincoln Cathedral, written for the peace treaty between King John and his barons in 1215; the Charter of the Forest, written by John's son, Henry III in 1217 and amazingly, the Doomsday Book. The latter has not been on display to the public in living memory! Wow.
Then a visit to the Cathedral, the present building was constructed in the 11th and 12 centuries on an earlier church which was destroyed by earthquake and fire.
The Cathedral is completely covered in stone carving. Absolutely amazing.
The inside was equally beautiful with layer upon layer of arches and windows.
The Bishop's rose window in the south transcept.
The Dean's rose window in the north transcept.