What They Say About Lincoln
"... few things in this Island are so breathlessly impressive as Lincoln Cathedral, nobly crowning its hill, seen from below."
"... street or toboggan-run aptly named Steep Hill .."
- J B Priestley in English Journey (1933)
A bicycle shed is a building; Lincoln Cathedral is a piece of architecture. Nearly everything that encloses space on a scale sufficient for a human being to move in is a building; the term architecture applies only to buildings designed with a view to aesthetic appeal."
- Nikolaus Pevsner
"Lincoln Cathedral is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe. It has been a major focus of worship for over 900 years and it is a centre of excellence for art, conservation, music and architecture." http://www.cathedralsplus.org.uk
"The city of Lincoln is bypassed by most visitors to the UK, and that's a pity, because Lincoln has a colourful past that is preserved in a fascinating variety of historic buildings, particularly in the ancient medieval core." http://www.britainexpress.com
"The entrance into Lincoln from the south presents an interesting succession of picturesque scenery. the distant buildings appearing interspersed with orchards and gardens, irregularly ranged on the side of the hill, which rises gradually at ﬁrst, and then more precipitously, from the valley in which the lower town is situated, up to the lofty site of the Minster, which towers over the whole scene in chaste and beautiful elevation. The situation is worthy of the ediﬁce, which, in external grandeur, admits of no rival amongst all the varied beauties of the English cathedrals."
Picturesque Antiquities of English Cities by John Britton (1830)
There is mention of Lincolnshire in a short poem of 1631
Helpe to Discourse
Cheshire for men,
Berkshire for dogs;
Bedfordshire for naked flesh,
And Lincolnshire for bogs.
Darbishire for lead,
Devonshire for tin;
Wiltshire for hunting plaines,
And Middlesex for sin
William Basse (c.1583-1653/4)
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