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Lincoln's Castle Square From Bailgate


Lincoln's medieval cathedral arches face the gates of its Norman castle across Castle Square.
Castle Square from the Bailgate

Castle Square from the Bailgate

Today the square is lined with law offices (the Castle is also the Crown Court), pubs and atmospheric black and white buildings. Tourist maps and the local tourist information office have labeled this district the Cathedral Quarter but locals refer to it as The Bail.

Notice the Magna Carta pub on the square? That's no random naming choice. Hugh of Avalon, who, as Bishop of Lincoln, built the first Norman Cathedral here and eventually became St. Hugh of Lincoln, was a signer of the Magna Carter in 1215. One of four original copies of the document that is the basis of our legal system is kept in Lincoln Castle.

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