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North Kesteven Social Strollers are an accredited health walks scheme in which offer instructor led health walks across the North Kesteven District. There are currently eight different walking groups within the scheme in which all operate on a weekly basis, offering walks of between 2-4 miles in length, generally lasting up to an hour. A health walk is defined as ‘A purposeful, brisk walk undertaken on a regular basis, as part of a led group’. Not only are these walks a great way of improving or maintaining fitness levels, but they are also a fantastic way of meeting new people and making friends in your local community.
Lincoln Cathedral stands on a hill 200 feet above the centre of Lincoln. Visible on all sides for up to 15 miles away, this stunning building is the best located in this country and possibly even Europe. The See of Dorchester extended from the Thames to the Humber.
Lincoln Cathedral is now one of the first cathedrals in the UK to offer walk-through panoramas of its interior on Google Street View. The Cathedral worked to create the interactive tour with Lincoln photographer Darren Juggins , who has been part of Google’s Business Photos project since April. As previously reported , a number of businesses in uphill Lincoln have already created interior tours for their premises, and some 50 other locations across Lincolnshire have been photographed as well. Phil Hamlyn Williams, Cathedral Chief Executive, said: “This is a very exciting step to take to give those thinking of visiting a different sort of sneak preview of what to expect. I hope it will whet many more appetites and attract more visitors to this brilliant city.” Here’s the interior Street View of Lincoln Cathedral [ Google Maps ]
A free Grammar School was established by Robert Monson, the son of William Monson, on the first floor of the building in 1568. In 1612 the undercroft became a House of Correction until the 1620s when the Jersey School, for the teaching of spinning and knitting of wool was established. In 1833 the Mechanics’ Institute moved into the undercroft, adding a library and newspaper room to the first floor. The Mechanics Institute moved to new premises in 1862 when the Free School was extended into the Undercroft. George Boole, a Lincoln man and the inventor of Boolean Algebra was a member of the Lincoln Mechanics Institute. The free School closed in 190 By 1905 the building was vacant and,
19 to 23 Minster Yard are known as the Number Houses, so-called because they are thought to be the first numbered houses in Lincoln, but why start at 19? Standing at the north-west corner of Lincoln Cathedral which they complement. The houses were built in the early to mid 18th century with 19th century modifications and are, as you would expect, Grade II and Grade II* listed. Over the years many of the houses have been updated but still retain their character. The curve of bay windows and the regularity of the Georgian windows place these houses amongst the finest in the city Like this:
Garmston House 2012 The façade of Garmston House was erected in 1772 and incorporates parts of a 12th century building, including an arch and a Norman fireplace of the later 12th century in its north wall. Located near the top of the High Street, at numbers 262 and 262a, almost opposite Grantham Street. The garden behind Garmston House ran as far as Hungate and is believed to be the site of Lincoln’s second synagogue, built in the 12th century.
The church that stood on the corner of High Street and Silver Street was known as St Peter at Arches, the “Arches” came from its position close to The Stonebow. There is evidence that by the 11 th Century two St Peters stood in the churchyard: St Peter at Arches and St Peter at Pleas (so-called because of its proximity to the Moot Stone which was located near Ruddocks shop). In 1719 an application for a brief for rebuilding the church of St Peter at Arches was made to the City council. A loan of 1000 shillings (equivalent of about £4,500 today) was taken up at interest by the city for the rebuilding of the church, repayable over 10 years.
If you walk Along Lincoln’s Eastgate from Bailgate towards Langworthgate you will come across a high stone wall on the north side of the Cathedral. Look up and you will see a stone head sticking out of the wall. The “Legend of the Head in the Wall” is not very well known, even to the people of Lincoln. If you go on the “Lincoln Ghost Walk” you will be told that the Dean of Lincoln had it placed there to remind those in holy orders that they must be temperate in their drinking habits. The version I prefer is the one told me by my father many years ago:
High Bridge and Obelisk early 19th Century High Bridge on Lincoln’s High Street is the oldest surviving bridge with buildings on, in this country. It marks the spot where the Roman Ermine Street forded the River Witham. There were many bridges like this in the middle ages but all the others have long since disappeared, the only other bridges with buildings on in England are Frome Bridge dating from 1667 and Bath’s Pulteney Bridge of 1773.
High Bridge 2012 Robert William Stokes was born in Warmsworth, near Doncaster in 1872, about the same time as his father, John, died. Ann, Robert’s mother, moved him and his brother Tom to Langworth to live with their grandparents, William and Sarah Wright. The tragedy at his birth possibly encouraged him to work hard and start his own business in Lincoln. About 1900 he started his grocery business at 8 Guildhall Street, on the site of the Yorkshire Bank. In 1902 He married Alice Meldrum, daughter of James Meldrum who had come down from Scotland to manage the Lincoln Gas Works.
As we rush about during our busy days through our towns and cities it is easy to miss an interesting building. ”High Streets” throughout the country are almost identical, the only difference being the order of the national stores. Looking above the fascia is good exercise for the neck muscles and can be a joy to the eyes. 24-25 Guildhall Street
305-6 is probably the most stunning building on Lincoln’s High Street. Designed in 1899 by William Watkins (1835-1926), architect, of Lincoln, it was built by William Wright for Hewitt Brown & Co in 1900. An oasis of beauty among the 70s monoliths of Burtons and Boots. HB & Co stylised crest Built of brick with terracotta dressings and slate roof with 2 panelled side wall stacks.
North and South Aspect of the Stonebow The name Stonebow is from the Norse S teinbue meaning stone arch. Streets that run nearby often end in -gate which is Norse for street. The Stonebow lies at the southern end of the Roman city of Lin dum Col o n ia (from which Lincoln gets its name) and stands on the site of the southern gate of the lower Roman town spanning Lincoln’s High Street, known as Ermine Street in Roman times. The Roman gateway existed into the mediaeval period but it was demolished in the 14 th Century because it was unsafe. Newport Arch on Bailgate is the north gate of the Roman town.
Lincoln Castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 to exert his authority over the Viking settlement which had a population of over 6,000. Although William had beaten Harold’s forces at the Battle of Hastings he knew he didn’t have the support of the people of England, therefore he built a series of castles throughout England, Lincoln being one of the best preserved.
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