Where Was The Bail Gate?

Norman HouseIn the Middle Ages Lincoln was made up of three self governing areas, the City, the Close and the Bail.   These areas were managed through their own courts.  The freemen made the laws and carried them out.  The system was as democratic as it could be, as only freemen were allowed, and expected, to be involved in the running of a district.  Click to read article

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The South Common, Lincoln’s Southern Entrance

Common Lands are a survival of the medieval age, commons were an essential part of the manorial estate, tenants of the lord of the manor would be allotted a part of the common. Most of today’s common lands are solely for grazing … Click to read article

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This Victory is Lost

Shortly before and after World War One, the area around Boultham Park Road was growing with new housing.  Boultham Hall and its surrounding land, totalling something like 5,000 acres was sold in 1913 to Nottingham develop…  Click to read this article

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Cranky Jimmy, An Artist in Cork

James Anderton

James & Anne Anderton with the model of the Scott Memorial

James Anderton was born in Lincoln on 10th March 1825 and baptised in St Botolph’s church on 12th April 1825, his father, Henry, was a collar and harness maker, working next to the church.

James didn’t like school and, before his teenage years, worked as a day worker for local farmers, eventually he worked as a labourer on Towler’s farm at Boultham.  Click here to read the article

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A Hero of World War One

leonard james keyworthBorn in Lincoln on 12th August 1893, Leonard James Keyworth was the son of James and Emma Keyworth of 22 Coningsby Street, Lincoln.

He tried to join The Lincolnshire Regiment at the outbreak of war in 1914. Rejected, he successfully joined the 24th County of London Battalion, the London Regiment (the Queen’s) Territorial Force as a private on 16th September 1914.  Click here to read the article

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A Sketch of Lincoln in 1810

This description of Lincoln was written by Adam Stark.  He was as critical of the city as some of us are two hundred years later

Jon of Gaunt's Palace
LINCOLN is at present arbitrarily divided into two parts, known by the appellation of Above-hill and Below-hill, though, where this division begins or ends, perhaps none of the inhabitants can determine. The former part is the general residence of the gentry and clergy ; while the latter is mostly inhabited by merchants and tradespeople : the one being, according to the common estimation, considered as the court, and the other as the mercantile part of the city. Click here to read the article
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This Is More Important Than The Magna Carta

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Lincoln Castle revealed, a £22 million renovation and improvement of the castle, is due to be completed in 2015. One of the most important features of the work is a new building where Magna Carta will be preserved in ideal conditions and may be viewed by the public. – Click to read BlogPost

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