Lincoln, as the crow flies is not far away - well not really, it's only and hour or so away from Sheffield. However, it's not a place I have managed to find myself visiting.
As a girl on numerous coach trips to the coast ( my father was a coach driver) we passed on the outskirts, but we never actually stopped.
So Lou, I and the Shea ( the dog), decided that it seemed like a good place to go!. So at 11.30 am on the 13th July we just chucked a few things into the car, set the sat nav and headed off down the A1.
The sun was shinning and there were students all over the place, some were sat on the grass having a picnic, under the gaze of the cathedral, while others were playing ball. Most of them sounded like international students enjoying the British Summer, i.e., sun and heavy showers! Lincoln has a thriving University, which is on the outskirts of the city, and which visited with my daughter, Emily, when she was thinking of going there to do her first degree. In the end she decided against it and ended up in Wales! - I think the flatness of the surrounding area spooked her!...
As we took pictures of the cathedral a crocodile of young children, all dressed immaculately in their school uniforms and walking in line so perfectly weaved their way passed us. Sadly, in this day and age, we felt that it would be unwise to take their picture; enough to say that it looked and felt so quintessentially 'English' and straight out of a Pathe film.
The Cathedral, otherwise know as The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln, or sometimes St. Mary's Cathedral, was stunning, the architecture was so impressive...
a side door of the Cathedral
At another side entrance, though now closed - and a very small me and the dog, so you can see the scale.
'Lincoln Cathedral is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe, which towers above Lincoln, a prominent landmark for miles around.'
and the obligatory one of me saying where I am.
We walked up and down a very Steep Hill....yes that's what they call the road- very original, and believe you me it was very very steep!!
though there were some wonderful shops on the way to look at...one of which is The Jews House and Jews Court
Dating from the mid-twelfth century, if you look closely you can see that part of the façade survives; and that by the elaborately carved doorway, are the remains of two Romanesque double-arch windows and much of the stonework on the upper storey. A chimney is found above the front door; this originally rose from two fireplaces, one either side of the door.
In 1255, due to in part, the case of Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln, and the Anti Semitic hysteria which was spreading through out the land, and by 1290, the entire Jewish population of Lincoln and England was expelled from these shores. Jewish homes and property, including this house, were then seized from their Jewish owners.
In the case of 'Little Hugh', a Lincoln Jew named Copin (Jopin), is said to have confessed to his murder. He 'confessed' that it was custom of Jews to sacrifice a Christian child every year. The murder, interestingly coincided with Henry III selling his rights to tax Jews to his brother, Richard , Earl of Cornwall. So Henry, having lost a major source of his income ( Jews at the time were only allowed to be 'moneylenders' and as such were though by the populace to make great profits, the reality was that very few were professional moneylenders and very few made amassed a great fortune. The reason that Kings and the clergy had to turn to Jews to lend money was because Christians were not allowed by the Church to make profit out of lending money.) Henry decided that if Jews were convicted of crimes it was okay to take all of their possession.. what followed was a very English Pomgram - resulting in ninety Jews being arrested charged with involvement in the ritual murder. Eighteen of them were hanged for refusing to participate in the proceedings and refusing to throw themselves on the verdict of a Christian jury. The little boy, Hugh, was seen as a Christian martyr, and his murder became part of popular culture, and his story became the subject of poetry and folk songs, and is also mentioned in Chaucer's Prioress tale, in his Canterbury Tales.
There is a shrine to 'Little St Hugh' in the Cathedral.
There was a variety of teas and tea pots, sadly as they would not let us bring the dog in we could not partake of refreshment there and so walked further down into town!