Friday, 8 July 2011

Lincoln visit

Back in January, I declared an intention to see Katherine Swynford's grave. Today, ds and I fulfilled that ambition.

It was a teacher training day, so the school was closed. We took advantage of the free time to catch the train to Lincoln - we have a family railcard now, so this is a cheap option. Here's our trip in pictures for your enjoyment:

View of Lincoln and cathedral. 
From the shiny wet road surfaces in the photo above, you'll see we had to contend with English summer weather, which today was disposed to showers.

Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral were rather splendid stained glass windows, a 12th century font, and below the Main Attraction, as far as I was concerned:

The tomb of Katherine Swynford, d. 1403, and her daughter, Joan Beaufort. 
It wasn't all rain, and so we were able to enjoy wandering about the cobbled streets, and be entertained by various musicians:


We ate lunch out in a pizza restaurant.


After that we went to Lincoln castle, where we walked on the fortified walls, visited the Victorian prison (pictured in the background below) and saw the Lincoln Magna Carta (strictly no photography allowed! It dates from 1217)


On the way back to the station, I even got to visit a yarn shop - Spins and Needles on Clasketgate. They have a lovely selection of yarns, including Colinette, Noro, Louisa Harding, Araucania, and Millia mia. However, having spent a small fortune on dd's prom outfit lately, I restrained myself to two balls of Crystal Palace Mini Mochi and a small bottle of Eucalan. This means I will have to go back, when finances allow.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a fantastic trip, and I'm envious of your trip to Katherine Swynford's tomb. My dd is partly named Kathryn after her. But spelled wrong because post pregnancy brains are rubbish!

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