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Lincoln, like York or Bath, is one of those small English places which is very quaint and steeped in history. It was a Roman settlement originally, and was at one point one of the most important cities in the country. The centrepiece of the town is undoubtedly the Norman cathedral, built mostly during the 13th century.

I've been through Lincoln a few times and had a couple of nights out there too, whilst visiting friends in the area. It's not particularly on the way to or from anywhere, in fact Lincolnshire itself is one of the quietest parts of England. But it's definitely up there amongst the best scenic and historic towns to be visited.

Lincoln canal

The canal running through downhill Lincoln underneath the High Bridge, with the "Empowerment" sculpture in the foreground. Lincoln has a huge turbomachinery plant, currently run by Siemens, and the town has a long association with gas turbines.

The half-timbered High Bridge Café, on Broadgate.

High Bridge Café, Broadgate

Steep hill, Lincoln

From downhill Lincoln, there's a trudge up the imaginatively named "Steep Hill" to reach uphill Lincoln and the cathedral.

Slopey houses on Steep Hill, this one is called Jew's House, and is one of the oldest town houses in England.

Slopey houses

Bail Gate

Bail Gate, at the top of Steep Hill, just before you reach the cathedral.

Lincoln Cathedral was built mostly during the 13th century, and was reputedly the world's tallest building for the best part of 250 years, before the original central wooden spire was struck by lightning. What's left of it is nonetheless very impressive.

Lincoln Cathedral

Inside Lincoln Cathedral

The view inside Lincoln Cathedral, this picture was taken as best I could in the low light with nothing to lean on.

Example of a thatched English cottage not far out of Lincoln.

English thatched roof

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