Saturday’s trip consisted of a visit to Lincoln. The cathedral is absolutely stunning, and we had heard rumours of one of the four Magna Carta documents, kept in Lincoln Castle. Unfortunately we were unable to get into the castle to see it, having spent too long marvelling at the wonder that is the cathedral.
It’s impossible to convey the scale of the building in these pictures – a cathedral of such immense proportions and without pews to belittle the place. To stand in the centre and gaze upwards is to feel truly insignificant.
One of the things that provokes an emotional response in me whenever I visit a place like this is the fact that it is man-made. Almost 1000 years ago someone designed and built this, by hand, each stone shaped and carved without machine, each keystone dropped in place without our modern cranes…
The carvings, indeed,are one of the most astonishing elements of the cathedral, and they have come up with an ingenius way of preserving them. Stonemasons are trained to carve in the traditional style, and stones can be adopted in the name of a loved one, to be either restored or replaced, depending on their condition*. I’d have this fluffy wee fella!
I tried to take a photograph of the Lincoln Imp, but him being a supernatural creature, no matter how hard I tried I could not persuade my camera to focus! The Imp is said to have caused chaos in the cathedral until an Angel turned him to stone. On a similar supernatural note, can you see the ghost we spotted in this image? I’ll give you a clue: he has a beard and wears a habit…
After the cathedral we had a wander down the hill, taking in the wonderful antique, secondhand books, vintage and boutique-style shops (plus the whisky, fudge and chocolate emporiums…) en route. I want to make a return visit, perhaps with the girls in tow, perhaps with my Mum – I know so many lovely ladies who’d love the shopping there!
I believe that may be too many photos even for you, my own dear readers – but I assure you there are twice as many again I could happily share. It truly is a spectacular cathedral and well worth a visit!
*The cathedral also boasts the Wren library, which was sadly closed when we went, but through which you can adopt a rare book or manuscript. Once purchased, a book plate will be inserted with your name, which you can visit whenever you wish! For details visit www.lincolncathedral.com.