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Lincolnshire, England

Lincolnshire, England
By UK Travel Guides

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Known to the Romans as Lindum Colonia, Lincoln stood at the junction of two major Imperial thoroughfares, Fosse Way and Ermine Street. By the time of the Domesday Book, it had grown into a settlement of around 1,000 households. William the Conqueror won few friends here by peremptorily ordering 166 of these houses to be destroyed to make way for an imposing castle. Around the same time, he authorised the building of a cathedral and made Lincoln the ecclesiastical centre of a vast bishopric that extended from the Humber to the Thames.

The city reached its peak of prosperity during the Middle Ages, but when Henry VIII visited in 1541 the town fathers were reduced to begging relief from taxation or “they would be compelled in short time to forsake the city, to its utter desolation”. Henry rejected their plea. When Daniel Defoe passed through Lincoln in the 1770s he...
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