Maryville Harlaxton Summer Program 2009 travel blog

From atop Lincoln Cathedral by Mark Dragoni

The Roman Arches in Lincoln Cathedral by Mark Dragoni.

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Lincoln Cathedral Gate and Front Door

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Jewish Merchant's House in Lincoln

Lincoln town in Lincolnshire is perched on a hilltop and is surrounded by flat landscape. The walk up to the cathedral is called "Steep Hill Road" very appropriately. The town rises on a cliff on the Rier Witham. The Romans founded the first fortress on the site at around 50 A.D.

During and after the Conquest, Lincoln was an important center in England after London, Winchester and York. During the Middle Ages, Lincoln had the largest population of Jews who figure prominently in Lincoln's history. St. Hugh, who was once, bishop of Lincoln, spoke in defense of the Jews and was a major champion of the poor. St. Hugh was also fearless in dealing with Henry II, Richard the Lion-Hearted and King John when they interefered in Church affairs and business. After an earthquake in Lincoln in 1185, Hugh began a massive building campaign to restore the cathedral and died before its completion. He is responsible for the beautiful choir in the middle of the Church where Church of England prayer can be heard daily.

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