Lincoln is the county town of Lincolnshire and lies in the East Midlands on the River Witham. The local area is basically agricultural and flat but the City’s Cathedral and Castle are situated on a hill in the city centre. The current population is approximately 100,000.
Starting as a Roman settlement called Lindum colonia, the town was further taken over by Angles, Danes and eventually by Alfred the Great. By now the name had changed to Lindon and finally Lincoln. By the 10th century Lincoln was a large town for the times with its own mint and many trades being carried out.
After the Normans took over England the population rose to 6000 and the first castle was built. The first cathedral was completed in 1092 but suffered a number of misfortunes in the coming years. The city prospered for a couple of centuries but went into decline in the 14th century when its wool trade slumped.
In 1700 the population at 4000 was still a lot less than when the Normans arrived. Then, with improved transport communications the city began to prosper again and the market town became an industrial centre.
During the Victorian era all the trappings of a modern city were introduced. In the First World War tanks and aircraft were constructed and in the Second World War the city suffered bombing raids.
Post war saw the erection of public buildings, shopping centres, university etc.
The 21st Century economy is now based on education, services and tourism in place of engineering etc.
Things to Do:
The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin of Lincoln was began in 1088 and was the tallest building in the world from 1311-1549. It is now the third largest cathedral in Britain, after St. Paul’s and York Minster. Located on the top of Steep Hill the area provides wonderful views.
It is open for visitors between 7.15am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and ‘til 5pm on Sunday. Among the interesting things to see are The Treasury and The Angel Choir.
There is an admission charge at certain times, which can also be combined with a visit to Lincoln Castle. Check the Cathedral’s website for further details.
There is a shop and food and drink can be bought in the Refectory.
The Cathedral address is 4 Priorygate. The website address is www.lincolncathedral.com and phone number is 01522 561600.
Built in the late 11th Century by William the Conqueror, Lincoln Castle is one of the most impressive Norman castles in the country. It is one of only two castles to have two mottes. The other is Lewes in Sussex.
It is open to the public as a museum and the Crown Court operates from the castle to this day. A walk around the walls affords magnificent views of the city, cathedral and surrounding countryside. There is much to see in the castle itself and there is also a café and shop. For full information about the visit you can view www.lincolncastle.com and the email address can be found on the website.
Gets its name from the gradient of the hill. It is a popular tourist attraction and the entrances to the Cathedral and Castle can be found at the top. There are two interesting Norman properties on the street, Jew’s House (Aaron the Jew’s House) and Norman House. The street also contains, amongst its varied architecture, some half-timbered houses.
This Elizabethan mansion lies five miles west of Lincoln on the B1190. The house is, today, a family home but one that is open to the public. It allows a unique insight into family life through the ages. Outside the property are 5 acres of gardens to walk.
There is also a range of quality shops, together with a café, restaurant and coffee shop. It is open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm and until 4pm on Sunday. Full information at www.doddingtonhall.com .
Also known as The Collection, the gallery contains Lincolnshire’s premier art gallery together with an archaeology gallery which has artefacts stretching back to the stone age through bronze, iron, Roman to Medieval eras. Located on Danes Terrace, entrance is free and is open from 10am to 4pm daily. Full details at www.thecollectionmuseum.com .
Museum of Lincolnshire:
This is the largest museum in the county and contains over a quarter of a million objects. These cover the commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life of the county from 1750 to the present day. Located at Old Barracks, Burton Road, Lincoln, entrance is free. The museum is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm.
RAF Scampton Museum:
Home of the Red Arrows and previously the home of the Dambusters. With heritage like this a visit here is a must. The Heritage Centre covers Pre-War years, World War 2, the Cold War and Present day.
Whilst the museum is open to the public, entry is only by prior arrangement.
For further information check out www.raf.mod.uk/rafscampton .
This is the oldest bridge in the UK that still has buildings on it. Spanning the River Witham, in the city centre, it was built about 1160AD. The bridge had a chapel which was dedicated to Thomas Becket in 1235, but which was removed in 1762.
The three storey timber framed shops date from 1550 and still stand.
The city possesses a fair range of night clubs, bars and pubs. Most of these are located in the High Street/Silver Street area. Current clubs include Circle, Home and Moka & Shack.
Good theatre can be found at the New Theatre Royal in Clasketgate. This 1806 built venue puts on the whole range of the arts from comedy, musicals, ballet, drama and opera etc. There is also the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre in the city
Odeon and Venue provide cinema.
Being a University city a lively night out is guaranteed.
As well as the usual ethnic fare, Lincoln does possess some good restaurants providing some local and continental dishes. Add to that the pubs, tea rooms, hotels and cafes providing food, a good selection can be found.
The Waterfront and Cathedral Quarter are good places to head for.
With national department and chain stores, plus local specialist shops, boutiques and markets, Lincoln provides a good shopping experience.
The main areas to visit are High Street, Waterside Shopping and St. Marks Shopping Centre. More interesting, perhaps, are the shops on Steep Hill and Bailgate in the Cathedral Quarter.
The city has a good range of national hotel chains, local hotels, guest houses and pubs to choose from. Added to that is self catering accommodation and if timing is right the University open up their bedrooms to visitors.
Uniquely, the city runs a service called Walk and Ride which connects 12 points around the city in a hop on hop off manner. This particularly helps getting up and down Steep Hill. The service runs Monday to Saturday between 9.10am to 2.47pm and then from 4.10pm to 5.22pm. A map and further information can be found at www.visitlondon.com .
There is also a Park and Ride route which runs from Waitrose, to the north of the city, at LN2 4DS and runs to the Cathedral, Broadgate and Bus Station. This service runs every 15 minutes from Monday to Saturday. Details again from www.visitlincoln.com .
Up to a dozen private operators run buses in the city and surrounding areas. These routes connect the city to other towns including Grantham, Skegness, Boston, Spalding and Sleaford. For info regarding maps and timetables check out www.lincsbus.info .
In truth access to Lincoln by road is not a terrific option. Lying bang in the centre of Lincolnshire, motorways do not feature much. However, the roads are reasonably quiet that lead to the city.
If travelling from the north, use the A15 from Hull or A46 from Grimsby.
From the south, use the A46 from Leicester, Nottingham and Newark or the A1 and A15 from London and East Anglia.
Use the A158 if travelling from Skegness in the east and the A1 and A57 if travelling from Leeds and Sheffield in the west.
Lincoln Central Station is located in St. Mary’s Street, LN5 7EW and trains are generally handled by East Midlands and Northern Railways.
Trains travelling to London King’s Cross usually need a change at Newark or Retford.
Locally the city is served by trains from Peterborough, Leicester, Scunthorpe, Sheffield and Grimsby.
The two nearest airports to Lincoln are East Midlands and Humberside.
To get to and from East Midlands you take a coach between the airport and Nottingham and then by train to Lincoln.
The quickest route from Humberside to Lincoln is by taxi, taking 42 minutes. Train takes 2 hours 17 minutes via bus to Grimsby where you change to the train.
A dozen taxi companies cover the Lincoln area. Check internet.
Stadium: Sincil Bank. Lincoln. LN5 8LD
Joined League: 1892
Chairman: Clive Nates
Manager: Danny Cowley
Current League: League 2
Phone Number: 01522 880011
Formed in 1884, playing at John O’Gaunts ground, the club became an original member of the Second Division in 1892, alongside eleven other northern clubs. In 1895 Sincil Bank became the club’s new home.
The twentieth century saw the Imps reach their highest ever League place, fifth in Division 2, in season 1901/02. They also reached the last sixteen of the FA Cup that season. However, in 1908, the club were relegated out of the League, being replaced by Chesterfield. They returned in 1909 but went out of the League again in 1911 but yet again got back in 1912/13.
Post WW1 the Imps continued with their relegations and promotions from the Football League. This included them being founder members of 3rd Division North in 1921.
Post WW2 was déjà vu as far as promotions and relegations were concerned and from 1961-1963 saw the club fall from the Second Division to Fourth Division, where they stayed for 14 years.
In 1967, Sincil Bank saw an attendance record of 23,196 when they met Derby County in a League Cup tie. Graham Taylor joined City in 1971 and just as he started to turn the club around, he left for Watford. In 1987, the club were unbelievably relegated out of the Football League yet again, this time being the first club to be so automatically relegated by coming bottom of Division 4. Yet again, they returned the following season.
The end of the 20th Century and start of 21st saw the same Imps pattern which culminated, amazingly, with yet another relegation out of the Football League in 2011. Then season 2016/17 was like a fairytale. As well as achieving the longed for promotion back to the League, the Imps had a fantastic FA Cup campaign. The team saw off Altrincham, Oldham Athletic, Ipswich Town, Brighton and Hove Albion and Burnley. That meant the quarter finals had been reached but sadly for the Imps they were beaten by Arsenal 0-5. However, this run of results did wonders for the club financially.
The club currently play in League 2.
Away fans should check with their own club about buying tickets.
For full information regarding tickets phone 01522 880011 or online at www.redimps.com/tickets. Alternatively visit the ticket office at the stadium.
From the centre of the city and railway station it is approximately a 10-15 minute walk to the stadium. After turning left when leaving the railway station, turn left again into High Street going over the level crossing. Walk down and take the seventh turning on the left (Scorer Street), then first right into Sincil Bamk.
At High Street you can take buses 1, 1D, 7, 7A, 13, 14, 24A, 27, 27A, 601 and SB4 to South Park roundabout. From there walk to the roundabout and turn left. After the next left it is just a 100 metre walk to Sincil Bank.
Arriving at Lincoln Central either walk or take bus as described above.
If driving, the football ground is on the south side of the city. Take the roads into the city as described previously and head for the stadium as described under walking. There is no free parking at the stadium, although a few places can be reserved in advance by paying a fee. Contact the club.
It is probably best to park in the city centre and walk as described or look for on street parking a little further away from the ground.
See above about arriving in the city centre from East Midlands or Humberside Airports then walk or bus as above.
Alternatively you can take a cab from the city centre or railway station, or from any part of the city.
Sincil Bank has been the home of The Imps since 1895.
The stands are the St.Andrew’s/Software Europe Stand, which is single tiered but only runs about half the length of the pitch. Opposite is the Co-op Community Stand, which is a long, covered, single tier holding 5700 fans. One end is the Bridge McFarland Stand with executive boxes running along the back. The other end is the Stacey West covered stand, named after two fans who were killed in the Bradford City fire at Valley Parade.
2000 away fans can be accommodated in the Stacey West Stand. There is a good range of food and drink within this stand and the acoustics are very good.
Pre match, away supporters are invited to partake of food and drink in the Travis Perkins lounge.
Outside the ground there are plenty of pubs to be found on High Street and a good range of takeaways and cafes can be found in the city centre.
Pop concerts and a range of other sports have used the stadium over the years.
The club are considering a new stadium for the future.