Lincoln Journals

Highlights of Lincoln

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A travel journal to Lincoln by BawBaw

Newport Arch Photo, Lincoln, England More Photos
Quote: After more than a decade of visits to Lincoln and Lincolnshire, Himself and Yours Truly have formed a firm attachment to this unique city. It is, in our opinion, England's most beautiful small city.

Lindum Colonia and the Newport Arch

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Newport Arch Photo, Lincoln, England
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People have lived along the River Witham where the city of Lincoln now stands at least since the Iron Age. It was its status as a provincial Roman town, however, that gave Lincoln its start as a historical community. The 9th Legion established the frontier fortress of Lindum on Castle Hill during the 1st century A.D. The fortress then became the town of Colonia Domitiana Lindensium when it became a place of civilian settlement, and that name was soon shortened to Lindum Colonia. Ultimately, it became the provincial capital of Flavia Caesariensis, which was organized early in the 4th century.Lindum Colonia flourished into the 5th century A.D. Its walls protected a community involved in...Read More

Along the Witham Waterfront

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The city of Lincoln likely owes its existence to the River Witham. In centuries past, the river was tidal as far as the Brayford Pool, a natural widening of the Witham near the base of Castle Hill, and has been an important navigation link since antiquity. The Romans established the fortress town of Lindum Colonia at what is now Lincoln precisely because it offered access to navigation on the river, the wharf capacity along the pool, and higher ground above the river and the surrounding fens. It served them as an ideal end point for the Fosse Way Roman Road. During the latter 11th century, the Norman conquerors of Britain followed the strategic example of the Romans, building a castle ...Read More

Steep Hill

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Attraction | "Schlepping Down (and Up) Steep Hill"

Steep Hill Photo, Lincoln, England
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For an American who has never lived in Britain, I sometimes feel I must be approaching a record of sorts for the number of visits I’ve made to Lincoln’s Steep Hill. It is one of those attractions that keeps pulling me back—though it may not be quite accurate to refer to Steep Hill as "an attraction." It is a living, evolving community with a welcoming ambience, and it has many faces. Steep Hill is built, as the name suggests, on a steep incline that connects Lincoln’s principal modern shopping district to the hill top where the city’s 11th century castle and cathedral are located. It does this by means of a street laid out nearly 2000 years ago by Roman military planners who wished to connect the R...Read More

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Steep Hill
Lincoln Cathedral to Well Lane
Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Mayfield Guesthouse

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Hotel | "At Home in Lincoln"

Mayfield Guesthouse Photo, Lincoln, England
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We spent 9 days in the Mayfield Guesthouse in Lincoln during June 2003. Mayfield was recommended by friends who quite literally live in the neighborhood, and we found it a congenial accommodation that gave us all the comforts of home while we relaxed with our friends in what is arguably England’s most beautiful small city.Mayfield is a rambling brick Victorian perched on Lincoln’s heights, with a view from the front garden that overlooks Yarborough Road. Secure parking is in an enclosed court behind the house off Mill Road. If you’re an American who might be put off by the slope and the sharp angles of entering what is actually a rather roomy car park, the host will offer to help. If you’r...Read More

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Mayfield Guesthouse
213 Yarborough Road
Lincoln, England LN1 3JH
+44 (1522) 533732

Evensong at Lincoln Minster

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Lincoln Cathedral Photo, Lincoln, England
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After seeing many of England's great churches, it is the considered opinion of Yours Truly that Lincoln Minster is the most beautiful of the lot. It isn't the largest, nor the oldest, nor the richest. It is, however, the one that most directly touches both my heart and my sense of aesthetics. I love the place: its intricacies, its sense of proportion, its endless surprises of detail. In all things large and small, it is "wonderful"--in the grand, old-fashioned sense of this greatly abused word.Situated atop Steep Hill in the historic heart of Lincoln, the Minister dominates the landscape for a distance of several miles. Seen from far away, it seems almost magical. From close at hand, t...Read More