Sunday, 13 November 2011

Castle and Cathedral

Hello dear ladies!

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We had a fabulous day out today in Lincoln. En route to a visit to the in-laws we stopped at Lincoln Castle. I had never been there before and was looking forward to seeing some history. I was amazed at how in tact this castle is.

We walked along the castle wall and then down into the grounds. There are even dungeons! Very nasty and dark down there. I was thinking about all those poor souls chained to the walls over the years, in the dark and with rats scuttling about (for a dungeon isn't complete without rats). And there was the inevitable graffiti from a thousand school trips carved into the stone.

This is what happens to naughty boys!

A game that the Mr and I used to play before Little S joined us was to see who could find the most mason marks - those intriguing little signatures of the mason who worked on the building. The boy is old enough to join in now and we had fun trying to find the marks.

He looks familiar!

The very steep climb up one of the towers

The view from the top

A very corpulant George III

One of the very grand entrances
In a building in the castle grounds we saw one of only four remaining Magna Carta documents written in the most beautiful Latin script on vellum. Incredible that any of them survived at all! Even though I come from a part of the country that is full of ancient buildings and actually live in a very old village (and house), I am still awed by the age of such documents (800 years) and always try to imagine the hand that wrote them.

After tea and plum loaf with cheese (MUST find a recipe for plum loaf!) we wandered out into the old town to the cathedral directly opposite.

We couldn't go in because the Bishop was there so we walked around it. It is a huge place, high Gothic and very grand. There seemed to be gratuitous use of buttresses but I don't mind that - I'm quite partial to them. I also love gargoyles and there were plenty to see here.

All in all it was a marvellous trip back in time, to an age of cruelty and brutality but also of great beauty as witness by these amazing pillar carvings.

Have a great Sunday! xxx


  1. fantastic, I have never been to Lincon. I adore your photo's thank you for sharing.

  2. I've never been to Lincoln, it looks like a wonderful day out. Such fantastic carvings too.

  3. We drove through Lincoln for a wedding in September and decided we would want to return and vist this historic place, thanks for the tour and the post full of history. I seem to of missed your posts recently, sorry I have not commented for a while Andrea!

  4. Thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures. I must admit I love cathedral's -the whole structure - architecture is fantastic. I have never been to Lincoln before but it is on my wish list.

  5. Wonderful pictures. I would love to live in a place with old buildings.

  6. What fantastic photos! Thank you so much for sharing them with us castle-deprived folk. :)

  7. These photos are beautiful. Never been to Lincoln Cathedral but would love to go...
    I am your 200th follower! What does it matter? I don't know, it just made me happy when I read this post!

  8. Great photo's i love old buildings they always amaze me ;-) dee x

  9. Great pictures! I wish I was there with you!

  10. Love seeing photos of this world!!!

  11. Oh how I miss being able to walk around places like this. I live in Michigan now and really miss seeing the old places. So much to see and do in England.


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