Lincoln and its County
Lincoln's amazing icon, its Cathedral, sits atop a limestone ridge which runs through the town.
The busy gathering place of Castle Square, Lincoln. To get here you may have climbed the well-named Steep Hill to rise from the medieval city centre, a chance to pause, to admire the castle, Exchequergate and beyond it the west front pair and central tower of Lincoln's truly magnificent Cathedral. The Magna Carta hostelry and other locations in the square serve liquid and solid refreshments, especially nice on a hot day
Built high into the massive gatehouse walls long in 1849, this beautiful medieval oriel window looks down into the entry courtyard inside the castle gates. It was placed here after being removed from John of Gaunt's Palace in Lincoln in order to preserve it's singular beauty.
The huge and delicate round window in the south transept, known affectionately as The Bishop's Eye, can be clearly seen from across the city because of its size, but to be fully appreciated it must be seen from the inside of the transept. Not only is the glass work remarkable but attention should be paid to the delicately carved stonework which provides a structural mesh supporting this very special window.
The centre of Lincoln Cathedral is perhaps best recognised as the place where the nave and the transept cross one another. Above you is the mass of the high and massive central tower, its weight ingeniously supported by vaulted columns on the four corners. The roof lies high above the floor, under the tower, and it is hard to crank one's head into position for long to enjoy its splendor, Enter the magic of the camera!
Looking up St Martin's Lane towards Steep Hill and Christ's Hospital Terrace, with the towers of the Cathedral as a backdrop, can be seen perhaps as iconic a view as one can find of the old medieval centre of Lincoln. It was a gorgeous day too!
Looking west from the Lincoln Heath at Waddington on a beautiful summers day, the Witham valley below
A bladed oil rendering of the nave of Lincoln Cathedral. This image looks like a photo printed small, but is glorious as a large image on stretchedcanvas or satin paper. It can also be ordered on matte photopaper at time of order by request. This image of one of my favourite places is my best yet, I believe.
A graphite pencil sketch made from an old watercolour painting created in the late 1800's
The repaired walls of Lincoln Castle (badly damaged by Cromwell's forces when they took the city) have created a fascinating complete walk around, providing some splendid elevated views of the adjacent Cathedral and the city. Photographed under permit.
This image created years ago has been rendered here as a watercolour. The view is from Eastgate, overlooking the statue of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The Cathedral in snow is not a common sight and this day many folks were lined up to take photographs. I differentiated this shot as a watercolour to provide an image option.
It is worth capturing a partial image of the magnificent west front of Lincoln Cathedral, as seen from Exchequergate, especially floodlit at night, making the large variety of carved surfaces more readable. Much of this detail gets lost in wide angle daylight views.
Greestone stairs pass uphill from the middle of Lindum Hill up into the Cathedral Precinct in Lincoln and are said to be haunted.
Lincoln Cathedral once had spires on its towers and the central spire made it the tallest building in the world for many centuries. A happenstance image was caught with the tower and spire of St Swithin's Parish Church in the foreground obliterating the Cathedral Central tower and donating its spire to give a humourous impression of how spectacular the Cathedral must have looked.
A lot of ceremony for the first double decker under the Stonebow in Lincoln in 1927. The police officer in the image is my own grandfather. This old image is a scan of a printed image from the Lincoln Police magazine from 1927 in my collection.
My watercolour rendering of this 15th Century brick castle as viewed from the public village access
Lindum Hill in Lincoln is the 4th steepest hill in the UK and the main road to the north out of Lincoln. There are wicked curves at the top and bottom of along straight run, very hard to cycle up, thrilling to cycle down and awful in the snow, these old vehicles with narrow wheels and low horsepower requiring chains to be installed. The original 100 year old photo in my collection from which this was enlarged was taken by my Grandfather, then a City police officer.
a 1930's heritage image of Pottergate and the Cathedral in Lincoln, taken from the yard of the Adam and Eve pub
A heritage image made in the 1930's of the old city gate called Pottergate with the Cathedral tower in the background, taken from the yard of the Adam and Eve pub