Lincoln Cathedral is the 3rd Largest Cathedral in Britain!!!
Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports the foundations were first laid in 1088!!! It took Bishop Remigius 4 years to build Lincoln Cathedral, unfortunately he then died in the same year two days before it was consecrated.
Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports almost 50 years later in 1141 the timber roof was destroyed by fire. The cathedral roof was rebuilt and expanded only to be mostly destroyed by one of England’s biggest earthquakes almost 40 years later. Only the lower part of the West side and its two towers remained.
Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports again, the cathedral embarked on a rebuilding programme and further expansion which was completed around 1235.
Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports in the early 1300s the central tower was raised to its present height and the western towers to the front of the cathedral were also improved and raised. They originally supported wooden spires on top of the central towers but these were destroyed in the storm in 1549. With its spires, it would have reached 525 ft which would have made it the world’s tallest structure at the time!
Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports Lincoln Cathedral is famous for having one of only four copies of the world’s famous Magna Carta. This has now been moved to a more secure location within Lincoln Castle.
Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports there is also the legend of the ‘Lincoln Imp’ which is perched between two arches, having been turned to stone when sent to Earth by Satan to commit evil mischievous work in the North of England, after which he headed to Lincoln Cathedral where he began to smash tables and chairs. After, an ‘angel’ appeared ordering them to stop the vandalism, one of the imps sat on a stone pillar where he still remains today in stone whilst his accomplice escaped! He can be found sitting at the top of a stone column in the Angel’s Choir.
Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports a truly remarkable piece of English/Norman architecture and to all Trip Advisors visiting Lincoln this has to be at the top of your list.