The City of Lincoln

Emma Whittaker

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Lincoln is located in the East Midlands of England, and is the county City of Lincolnshire. This is a city that has plenty to offer when it comes to history, culture, shopping, bars and culinary experiences. The main High Street offers all the typical shops as well as a shopping centre called The Waterside. The city’s old architecture can be seen here, such as the medieval city gate called Stonebow and the 16th century High Bridge, allowing you to take in the culture whilst searching for your next bargain. Lincoln has been inhabited by civilisations such as the Celts, Romans, Vikings, Saxons and Normans who have left their architectural influences and other marks upon the city that can still be witnessed today.

Lincoln City High Bridge- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Lincoln City High Bridge- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Lincoln City High Street- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Lincoln City High Street- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

If you follow the High Street upwards and take the walk up Steep Hill you will reach the historic quarter known as the Bailgate. This is where you’ll find the Lincoln Cathedral that was built from 1088-1311. It was actually the tallest building in the world from 1311-1549, before the 160m central spire collapsed during a storm. The Bailgate is also home to plenty of quaint little independent shops and tearooms, along the cobble streets, and also the Lincoln Castle. During the Norman Conquest in 1068, William I had the Castle built upon the cities former Roman settlement. Within the Castle you’ll find one of 4 surviving original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta. The Bishop of Lincoln at the time, Hugh Wells, witnessed the signing and brought back a copy of the document to the Lincoln Cathedral. Today it still belongs to the Cathedral but is on loan to the Castle.

Lincoln Bailgate- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Lincoln Bailgate- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Lincoln Cathedral- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Lincoln Cathedral- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Lincoln Cathedral- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Lincoln Cathedral- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Lincoln Castle- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Lincoln Castle- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Lincoln Bailgate- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Lincoln Bailgate- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

The Brayford Waterfront Harbour is a hub for food, drink and entertainment. You’ll find a row of pubs and restaurants, such as Ask Italian, Wagamama, Zizzi, The Brayford Wharf Harvester and you can even buy Gelato from the Doubletree Hilton Hotel. A lot of these eateries also offer the option of outside seating, giving you a view of the boats on the Waterfront and all the passers-by. For entertainment there’s a large Odeon cinema and boat tours on the Harbour.

Brayford Pool- Image Credit: Jim Linwood
Brayford Pool- Image Credit: Jim Linwood

If you enjoy watching football, the city’s team, Lincoln City FC or the “Mighty Imps”, play their home games at the Sincil Bank Stadium. They’ve just made their way back into the Football League and play in League 2. Their group of dedicated supporters known as the 617 Squadron have their own spot in the stands and make sure to entertain with chants, songs and plenty of drums.

Video Credit: 617 SQN

Some quick facts about the city:

–  Steep Hill was crowned Britain’s Best Street in 2012.

– The city is the birthplace of the tank. It was originally used to transport water, but became a machine that saved many lives during the First World War.

– During the summer The Luna Cinema creates an open air cinema under the stars within the Lincoln Castle grounds.

– There’s a trail full of different knight sculptures that take you all around the city, celebrating the 800th aniversary of The Battle of Lincoln.

People of Lincolnshire go by the nickname of “Yellow Belly”, which is a term for someone who is born and bred in Lincolnshire.

Lincoln Bailgate- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker
Lincoln Bailgate- Image Credit: Emma-Marie B. Whittaker

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Emma Whittaker

  • Marita Solheim

    Great work! Lovely pictures 🙂 And you’ve covered the history part as well!

    • Emma Whittaker

      Thank you Marita! 🙂

  • Ashley Marie Callery

    I vote a class trip to lincoln, after cork. great article, Emma ! 🙂

    • Emma Whittaker

      Thank you Ashley! And that’s a great idea 🙂