Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Lincoln Castle (Lincoln)

Lincoln Castle is one of the two magnificent edifices on the top of the hill in the ancient cathedral city of Lincoln.

The other, of course, is Lincoln Cathedral.

Lincoln Castle dates back to 1072, when building work started on the orders of William the Conqueror. The site had earlier been used for the Roman fort.

There were no fewer than 166 houses demolished to make room for the castle.

Henry II had a second coronation at the castle in 1155.

Today, the East and West gates, the wall and the Norman keep remain standing. There is a walkway around the top of most of the wall.

Within the complex is a still-functioning court house, designed by Sir Robert Smirke, and visitors can see the old prison chapel as well as one of the surviving copies of Magna Carta.

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