’I have always held and am prepared against all evidence to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have’. (John Ruskin 1819-1900)
I spent last weekend at Lincoln, the first time I have visited and I fell in love with the place. It has everything that York has but a little smaller and friendlier and without the tourist crowds, and it’s built on a hill rather than in a damp foggy hollow. The fantastic medieval buildings range from lots of timber frames through to the magnificent cathedral. Plenty of Roman remains too if that is your period.
I loved the fact that where York often feels it exists primarily for the tourists Lincoln was still primarily a lived in place. The central buildings were still bars, pubs and restaurants and the streets were busy with 21st century revelers on a Friday night. I think the pictures speak for themselves so I’ll just add a bunch of snaps. This was an evening party for the conference I attended. I spent most of the evening watching a pair of peregrine falcons which were nesting in the bell tower and had 4 young to feed so they were busy keeping the local pigeon population in check.
The Cathedral was first built by the Normans in the 11th century and the round arches in the centre here date back to that first phase. It was much extended 12th and 13th centuries.
I spent Saturday carving spoons and chatting to folk about the Heritage Crafts Association in the nave with a pool of light from the stained glass on the floor before me and towering roofs of light above. It is a truly awe inspiring building today, it is very difficult to imagine what it must have felt like in the 12th century.
I loved this roof especially the way the arches start in stone and flow into wood. I guess it would have been painted originally.
And last pic a 13th century chalice.