Tuesday, 4 October 2016

The loveliness of Lincoln


Like Ely to the south, Lincoln rises up from its surroundings. Three immense towers dominate the town.  Bishop Remigius moved his diocese some 140 miles, all the way up here from Dorchester (on Thames) six years after the Norman Conquest.

An earth tremor brought down much of the Norman work, however a rebuild incorporated the Norman towers in the western façade. This place is big, especially at the Crossing. Lincoln’s Choir screen (1290 – 1330) is virtuoso Early Decorated and quite breathtaking. At the very Eastern end is the Angel Choir to house St Hugh’s shrine, also magnum opus of Decorated Gothic.

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