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What Lincoln Cathedral may lack in ancient monuments it certainly makes up for in wonderful stained glass.

My major impression of Lincoln Cathedral was just how empty it was. There was not the usual selection of tombs and monuments and there was a great feeling of empty space, which I was unsure whether I found this good or bad thing, just noticeably different from many other Cathedrals I have visited.

Lincoln Cathedral

Posted: May 21, 2019 in History, Lincolnshire, UK

Norman power was established in Lincoln in the years following the battle of Hastings and the Normans built a castle in the town. Remegius was named the first Bishop of Lincoln in 1072 and he set about building a new Cathedral on the site of a pre-existing church. Sadly although Remegius lived to see the completion of his Cathedral, he died hours before it was due to be consecrated in 1092.

The next 80 years would not be kind to the new Cathedral with fires in 1124 and 1141 and an earthquake in 1185 causing major damage to the building. In 1192 Bishop Hugh of Avalon set about building a new Cathedral, the building we see today.

In the 14th Century, the towers were raised in height and for 200 years Lincoln Cathedral was reputed to be the tallest building in the world. A number of chantry chapels were added in the 15th Century.