Lincoln, in the
county town of Lincolnshire, is a large cathedral city with a total
population of over 120,000 people. When the surrounding villages are
taken in to account, the total population of 'Greater Lincoln' rises
to nearly a quarter of a million.
Lincoln has the prestige of being twinned with several international
towns including Neustadt an der Weinstrabe (Germay), Tangshan
(Chine), Port Lincoln (South Australia) and Radomsko (Poland).
Lincoln's most famous landmark is the Lincoln Cathedral. Originally
built in the late 11th century, the cathedral had to be rebuilt
after a fire only be be completely destroyed by a rare earthquake.
In its place the Lincoln Minster was build and has a tall spire
towering over 500 feet in to the sky.
In 1215 when the Magna Carta was drawn up, the Bishop of Lincoln
(Hugh of Wells) was a witness and the Lincoln Castle holds one of
the few surviving remaining copies.
From a commercial point of view, Lincoln is steadily developing with
the hope of stopping locals going to bigger centres in nearby
cities. Several new commercial shops have opened alongside big brand
names like Asda and Next. There are several supermarkets in the
city, some of which (like Tesco and Sainsbury's) have more than one.
Several different industries contribute to Lincoln's economy
including farming, tourism, commerce and administration. As with
most cities in Britain, Lincoln has a blossoming information
technology industry with several mail order and internet retailers
having their bases in the city.
Tourists flock to Lincoln to see the many historic and buildings in
the city. In addition to the cathedral and castle the town has
several art galleries including 'The Collection' that houses over 2
million objects. The Museum of Lincolnshire Life and Waddington
Airfield are other popular tourist destinations.
Students in Lincoln have several options for higher education. The
Bishop Grosseteste University College is the oldest in the city and
the newer University of Lincoln (previously the University of
Lincolnshire and Humberside) which has nearly 20,000 students
Transport to Lincoln is diverse. By train, the Lincoln Central
Station provides services to Nottingham, Leicester and Sheffield. A
direct train to London St Pancras International is soon to be
launched and from 2010 the National Express East Coast will provide
a two hour service from Lincoln to London Kings Cross.
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