The Historic City of Lincoln has played an important part in the country’s heritage throughout the ages and is famed for its Castle, Cathedral and, more recently, for its Christmas Market. It was an important stronghold for the Romans (Lindum Colonia), the third largest city in England in the 13th century, favourite of more than one medieval king and birthplace of the Foster’s Tank during the First World War.
Lincoln Castle owes its origins to William the Conqueror and still has a part to play in the modern world by hosting Lincoln Crown Court, one of the four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta and numerous outdoor events in the summer months as well as The Christmas Market (usually around the first weekend of December).
The original Lincoln Cathedral was completed in 1092, rebuilt after a fire only to be destroyed by earthquake in 1185. The “new” Lincoln Minster is widely believed to have surplanted the Great Pyramid of Giza as the tallest man-made structure in the world when its central spire was completed. Regrettably the spire no longer exists.
Steep Hill (pedestrians only) links the historical quarter of UPHILL Lincoln with the retail centre of the city on the southern side and predominantly Victorian and Edwardian residential areas in the east and west.
The Cultural Quarter includes The Collection (an award winning museum complex), The Theatre Royal, The Drill Hall (another live venue), The Usher Art Gallery and the Central Library.
Lincoln today is a thriving centre of further education and an expanding commercial hub for the county. The University of Lincoln, centred around the Brayford Pool on the western side of the city, together with the older Bishop Grosseteste University College (a totally separate entity on the northern side) bring thousands of undergraduates to the city. This has created a vibrancy and ‘sense of future’ which has prompted a burgeoning nightlife.
The city is small in population but serves an ever-growing hinterland which together numbers in excess of 250,000.
Linked by rail to the coast, Newark (and then to London in approx. 2 hours in total) and the motorway network via the A46 to the A1 and via the A15 to the M180, M18, M62 & M1, the city has become even more attractive to commercial enterprise and although no longer the heavy industry base it once was, Lincoln has a bright and promising future where tens of thousands of tourists visit every year, thousands return and many stay to make their home.
A friendly city of the 21st century.
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