John Ruskin famously said, “I have always held and proposed against all comers to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles.”
Don’t just take his word for it! See for yourself on this fantastic full day out in Lincoln.
Date & Timings: Saturday, 8th June 2013
Depart Melton Mowbray at 9.00 am. Arrive Lincoln Cathedral at approx. 10.30 am.
Depart Lincoln Cathedral at 5.00 pm. Arrive Melton Mowbray at approx. 6.30 pm.
An earthquake caused structural damage to the Cathedral in 1185. St Hugh (Bishop of Lincoln, 1186-1200) began work on reconstructing the Cathedral in 1192. He used the Gothic style with ribbed vaults, flying buttresses, larger windows (for stained glass) and larger roof spans. However mistakes occurred and the central tower’s collapse in 1237 or 1239 was a major setback. A new tower was started immediately and in 1255 the Dean and Chapter petitioned Henry III to allow them to take down part of the extended town wall to enlarge the Cathedral. They replaced Hugh’s rounded chapels with a larger and loftier square east end to provide more space for the increasing numbers of pilgrims venerating the saint’s shrine. The Angel Choir was consecrated in 1280. Between 1307 and 1311 the central tower was raised to its present height. Then around 1370 to 1400 the western towers were heightened. All three towers had spires until 1549 when the central tower’s spire blew down. It had been the tallest building in the world. Later generations added the wonderful carved screen, the 14th century misericords, the Wren Library and the Duncan Grant frescoes. The north side of the cathedral has seen the most recent repairs, including the re-building of one of the pinnacles. Work to the North Transept culminated with the restoration of the Dean’s Eye rose window. The Medieval glass was returned to the all new stonework tracery and the project completed in early 2006.
On arrival there will be time for coffee in the refectory near the Chapter House. We will then meet inside the West Entrance for a one hour guided tour commencing at 11.15 am; then lunch. Light meals from locally-sourced ingredients and refreshments are served in the small refectory but there are numerous cafe/restaurants nearby.
After lunch you can roam at will, visit the Museum of Lincolnshire Life (an easy, level 8 minute walk from the cathedral) or go on guided tours of the roof area at 2.30 pm and 3.00 pm. Each tour is restricted to 14 members, will last about one and a half hours and cannot be left part way through. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and members must satisfy the cathedral’s health and safety criteria. Because of timing issues it will not be possible to go on the roof tours and visit the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.
The Lincoln Civic Trust acquired the Mill in March 1977 and set about its restoration which was completed in 1980. On Sunday 26th April 1981, Ellis Mill ground its first flour for 40 years.
The Mill is still in full working order and provides flour, subject to sufficiently windy days! It is now managed by Lincolnshire County Council but would not run without the group of devoted volunteers who help to maintain, staff and promote the site. It will be some of these volunteers who guide you around the mill.
The cost of £16.00 per person includes coach travel, parking, gratuities and access to both venues. Spare places may be offered to non-Society members who will be charged an additional £1 to secure temporary membership.
To reserve a place on the outing please return the completed booking form to the organizer with the full amount payable – cheques made out to the Melton Mowbray & District Historical Society – by 25th May. Please enclose a stamp addressed envelope or an e-mail address so that receipt of your reservation may be acknowledged. Payments for reservations cancelled within 2 weeks of the outing may be partially refunded provided entrance tickets have not been purchased.
DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL WILL BE FROM/AT THE MELTON & DISTRICT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB, LEICESTER ROAD, MELTON MOWBRAY (NEAR B&Q DIY STORE). PLEASE INDICATE ON BOOKING FORM IF YOU REQUIRE PICK UP FROM WILTON ROAD CAR PARK
Organizer: Peter Raikes, 39 Cavalry Close, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0SZ. Tel: 01664 567118
Regrettably, the Society can accept no responsibility for accidents, loss of property, etc. of those participating in the Society’s events.