We leave The George Hotel and Stamford early, headed for Lincoln to see another famous cathedral. Lincoln was not on our original itinerary but we have heard so much about it and we are really getting into comparing cathedrals and climbing to their roofs and/or towers.
Work started on the Lincoln Cathedral in 1092 and like most cathedrals construction and renovations have been ongoing ever since. It has been ravished by fire, damaged by an earthquake and experienced the collapse of its central tower due to experimental building techniques. The central tower was rebuilt with an added spire which made it the tallest building in the world for 238 years until its spire was blown down during a severe storm and never replaced We took a tour of the Cathedral and then went to visit nearby Lincoln Castle. This is a major Norman castle constructed in the late 11th century by William the Conqueror. It sits on the site of a pre-existing Roman fortress. It remained in use as a prison and law court into modern times and is one of the better preserved castles in England. We enjoyed roaming around the Victorian prison and viewed one of only four original Magna Cartas. We then headed back to the Cathedral for a roof tour where we climbed several rough stone circular stairways to the attic of the church and then out onto the roof. This is a highly recommended tour for anyone interested in Cathedrals.
We had a late lunch at a local pub and drove two hours to York where we are staying in a sweet little bungalow with a lovely private courtyard.
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