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Interesting fun facts about Lincoln
- Lincoln’s magnificent cathedral was once the tallest building in the world and has been the city’s iconic centrepiece for many centuries, and can be seen for many miles around. Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza was the world’s tallest man-made structure for thousands of years, until it was finally surpassed by Lincoln Cathedral, reaching just short of 160 metres tall when an expansion was completed in 1311. Until its spire collapsed nearly two and a half centuries later in 1549 the cathedral then held the record. Lincoln Cathedral would have remained the world’s tallest building for nearly six centuries had the spire remained standing. Its previous height was not surpassed by any other structure until the completion of Ulm Minster in 1890.
- Nearly 1,000 years old, Lincoln Castle was built by William the Conqueror on the site of a Roman fort just two years after the Norman-French army’s victory at the Battle of Hastings. It is not as physically imposing as the cathedral, it parallels it in historical significance and is one of the UK’s best-preserved castles
- In Roman times Lincoln was one of the largest settlements in the country. This status carried right up until the 13th century, when Lincoln is believed to have been the third-largest city in the UK. These days Lincoln is counted among the UK’s smaller cities; the current population of around 100,000 doesn’t even rank it in the top 70. London was already the main hub at this point, but Lincoln (then Lindum Colonia) was among the next-biggest population hubs, along with Winchester, York and Norwich.
- Built by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, connecting Lincoln to the River Trent at Torksey, the Fossdyke Navigation was and is the oldest canal still in use in the UK
- In 1982, Lincoln hosted the first traditional German-style Christmas market in the UK. Whilst there are other Christmas markets in the UK, including those in London and Manchester, one quite compare to the Lincoln Christmas Market. When a group of Lincoln councillors paid a visit to the city’s twin, Neustadt in Germany, they were so taken by the Christmas markets there that they brought the concept back home. The first Lincoln Christmas Market had just 11 stalls. Today, it has grown to become one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, attracting over 250,000 people every year.