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Lincoln: A Pictorial History
by Anne Yeates-Langley | History
Registered by keithpp of Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 15, 2009
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Journal Entry 1 by keithpp from Farnborough, Hampshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 15, 2009

10 out of 10

An excellent pictorial guide to Lincoln, the county town of Lincolnshire.

An illustrated history of Lincoln, from its early beginning as a small settlement by a swampy pool, a Roman city, the Norman Castle and Cathedral, the rise then fall as a centre of excellence for heavy machinery, the mills around the Brayford and waterside and the boats that serviced them, drawing upon drawings, paintings and photographs.

Much has changed since Lincoln: A Pictorial History (Phillimore, 1997) was published, and none of it for the better.

There are few, if any, independent traders left in the city, the butchers around the market have gone, as has the excellent market. Clone town writ large.

St Marks Station has gone. To be replaced by yet more shops.

The mills around the Brayford and the waterside have gone.

The area to the south of the Brayford now contains the university buildings, some of the ugliest buildings in Lincoln. Buildings that block the skyline, obstruct the view across the Brayford of the South Common.

Ugly high rise buildings have been built, despoiling the medieval and 19th century skyline.

Good town planing seems to be non-existent in Lincoln. So bad, that Lincoln would make an excellent case study in bad planning, a warning as to how not to do it. The greed of developers rules ok.

Lincoln: A Pictorial History by Ann Yeates-Langley is an absolute must for anyone with more than a passing interest in the history of Lincoln, the county town of Lincolnshire.

Lincoln: A Pictorial History contains a useful bibliography for further reading.

Also worth looking at

Memory Lane Lincoln and Lincolnshire by Peter Washbourn [see BCID 5765920]

Capturing Lincoln Cathedral [see BCID 6867958]
 




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