Category Archives: High Street

Banks and High Bridge

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Sir Joseph Banks is well-known as a naturalist and botanist, the son of William Banks a wealthy Lincolnshire land owner.  Joseph was also a farmer and business man and was instrumental in promoting the Horncastle Canal. An Act of Parliament … Continue reading

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What’s this Lincolnshire Stuff?

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Lincolnshire Longwool was once one of the most important breeds of sheep in this country.  These sheep made the fortunes of many families in Lincolnshire: the wool from the sheep was exported to Europe and the sheep were walked to … Continue reading

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Do Not Wear Your Crown In Lincoln

St Mary le Wigford church stands next to the railway line on St Mary’s Street in today’s centre of Lincoln.  Built during the 11th century by Eirtig.  It was one of the 15 Lincoln churches that survived the Reformation: there … Continue reading

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John of Gaunt’s Mistress

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Katherine de Rouet was born in about 1350 in Hainult, now in Belgium, the daughter of a Flemish Herald, Sir Payne de Rouet.  She was educated at a convent in Romsey, Hampshire and later joined her sister Philippa, who became the … Continue reading

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Nice Body, Pity About the (Fat) Face

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305-6 is probably the most stunning building on Lincoln’s High Street.  Designed in 1899 by William Watkins (1835-1926), architect, of Lincoln, it was built by William Wright for Hewitt Brown & Co in 1900.  An oasis of beauty among the … Continue reading

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