Lincoln Castle

Lincoln Castle is unusual in having two keeps and a complete curtain wall,

and its highly strategic position has given it a continuing historical importance. The site of battles and sieges and some complicated medieval wheeling and dealing, it is also a major centre of administration and justice, containing a former prison building and a working Crown Court. And it houses one of the four surviving exemplars from 1215 of that crucial document, Magna Carta.*

Wall Walk

The great stone curtain wall which is still one of the most dramatic features of the castle today was constructed on top of an earth rampart to encircle the inner bailey of the 12th-century castle, and was in turn surrounded by a rock-cut ditch. One of the triumphs of the Lincoln Castle Revealed project has been the creation of a complete Wall Walk, and this in turn has allowed a certain amount of archaeological investigation of the structure of the whole curtain wall, although it has been much restored and rebuilt over the centuries. The south wall still retains the remnant of a medieval parapet on its northern face, and a 13th-century sally port door can be seen halfway along the north wall. The west wall forms one of the most impressive stretches, with large areas of herringbone masonry, suggesting a late 11th-century or early 12th-century construction.*

Prison Building and Wall Walk

Wall Walk and Lincoln Cathedral

*Lincoln Castle guide book – Scala Arts & Heritage Publisher Ltd 2015

12 Comments CherryPie on Apr 16th 2015

12 Responses to “Lincoln Castle”

  1. ....peter:) says:

    i am very impressed with Lincoln Castle Cherie…. i love the view that you framed in the first photo….peter:)

  2. lisl says:

    I had no idea there was so many interesting old buildings in Lincoln, Cherie – your pictures do it proud

  3. Ginnie says:

    Most impressive, Cherry. You could spend a lot of time there, I’m sure.

  4. Lincoln Castle looks rather big in your photos.
    You reckon a day is enough?

  5. James Higham says:

    First on the the new tablet.

    If Ed can have two kitchens, LC can have two keeps. :)

  6. J_on_tour says:

    Nice opening shot free from … errr ….the Christmas Market German Wine tent !! … and the wall walk is worth doing for some superb afternoon views of the Cathedral West Front.

    • CherryPie says:

      Those tents get everywhere. I managed to avoid them in some of my photographs ;-)

      The wall walk is spectacular, I would like to go back and do it again when it is less busy.