Medieval History in Lincoln, England

Uphill Lincoln
One of the things that I love about the city of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, England, is its amazing medieval history. This is particularly evident in the city’s uphill historic quarter, where a stunning gothic cathedral can be found, along with an intriguing castle.
I regularly enjoy taking a walk of around 20 minutes from where I live, up through the city centre, along the High Street and under a medieval archway known locally as the Stonebow, before climbing a cobbled street called Steep Hill which leads to two of Lincoln’s most famous landmarks – the castle and the cathedral.


Both buildings are magnificent visually and their histories are equally as spectacular.

Flag at Lincoln Castle

Interesting facts about Lincoln Castle

It was built during the 11th century by William the Conqueror.

Visitors can walk around the castle walls for great panoramic views of the city.

Priceless medieval legal documents, the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest, are kept here.

The first long-drop execution took place here. This was a new method of hanging invented by pioneer William Marwood, which was designed to break the victim’s neck immediately rather than strangle them.

Lincoln Crown Court is situated within the castle.

Every December, the castle grounds are filled with stalls for the world-renowned Lincoln Christmas Market. This is such as pretty market where there is mulled wine and mince pies in abundance.

Lincoln Cathedral

Interesting facts about Lincoln Cathedral

It dates back to the 11th century, but most of the current building originates from the 13th century.

Scenes from the Da Vinci Code film and The Young Victoria were filmed at the cathedral. Tom Hanks famously stayed in the city and apparently enjoyed going on Lincoln Ghost Walk with his family.

The cathedral has two beautiful rose windows called the Dean’s Eye and the Bishop’s Eye.

Structural damage was caused to the cathedral by an earthquake in 1185. St Hugh, the Bishop of Lincoln from 1186-1200, began the reconstruction in 1192.

Every New Year’s Eve, massive crowds gather in front of Lincoln Cathedral to hear the bells ring.

Lincoln Cathedral used to be considered as the tallest building in the world, and was so for around 250 years, from 1300. Nowadays it can be seen all over the city and from far away across the county as well.