1351A.D. to 1750A.D.
1369 The staple was moved to Boston
1370 to 1400 The two west towers of the Cathedral raised and spires added
1386 Richard II presents a sword to the Mayor of Lincoln which is carried by the Mayor's Officer as the Sword of State. View the painting of the event here http://goo.gl/rfuPtc
1390 Richard II orders the building of a new gate to be built to replace the Roman south gate demolished some years before: this gate becomes known as 'Stonebow"
1409 Charter granted making Lincoln a Corporate County
c 1450 Population about 2,000
c 1500 The population of Lincoln is about 2,500
1538 Henry VIII closed the friaries and the religious guilds in Lincoln and seized their property. Henry's agents also looted the cathedral of its treasures.
1540 Towns that had a diocesan cathedral were recogn-ised as a city by the English Crown, Lincoln became a city at this time
1541 10 Aug Henry VIII stopped at LIncoln during his Royal Progress for a meeting of the Privy Council.
1549 the spire on the centre tower of the cathedral collapsed in a storm.
1617 3rd April James I watched a horse race on Lincoln Heath
1643 July a parliamentary army abandoned Lincoln fearing they could not hold it. They withdrew to Boston. Royalist troops then occupied Lincoln but in October the parliamentary army won a battle at Winceby. The royalists then abandoned Lincoln.
1644 March the Royalists won a battle at Newark. Once again the parliamentarians fled from Lincoln and left it to the royalists. On 3 May the parliamentary army returned and the royalists withdrew into the upper town. On 6 May the parliamentarians attacked the upper town and the castle. They soon captured both. Afterwards parliamentary soldiers looted the cathedral and houses in the upper town. Lincoln remained in parliamentary hands until the end of the civil war in 1646.
1648 a Scottish army invaded England in an attempt to restore Charles I to his throne. They were supported by English royalists. A royalist army approached Lincoln, which was only defended by a small force of men. The parliamentary soldiers took refuge in the Bishop's palace. They were soon forced to surrender but not before they had set fire to the palace.However the royalists were soon defeated in battle and Lincoln changed hands again
1695 Lincoln is granted an additional annual fair. The town begins to revive.
c1700 Population had grown to about 4,000
1726 An attempt was made to take down the west spires of the Cathedral: a crowd of 500 men rioted and prevented their removal
1732 Theatre built on Drury Lane
1736 Buttermarket built
1739 A severe frost began on Christmas Eve and lasted until February of the following year. Several people froze to death. The ice on the Brayford was so thick that a sheep was roasted on it.
1741 The Reindeer Inn was erected by the Corporation at the corner of Guildhall Street and High Street at a cost of £2,000. Prior to this the George Inn, a wooden building, stood here.
1744 The Mayor's Feast was held at the Reindeer for the first time in a room 63 ft x 21 ft
1744 The City assembly rooms were built for card games and balls.
1744 Fosdyke deepened to allow passage of barges between Lincoln and the Trent.