Old Images of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

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The 12th century Norman House at the Intersection of Christ's Hospital Terrace and Steep Hill in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, in 1929
The 12th century Norman House at the Intersection of Christ's Hospital Terrace and Steep Hill in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, in 1929, photograph by Berit Wallenberg now held in archives of Swedish National Heritage Board

Glimpse history through old images of Lincoln, in the county of Lincolnshire, England.

Lincoln was given its first charter in 1157, by King Henry II. By then, the ancient settlement had been home to the Britons, Romans, Danes and Normans.

The building of the Norman Castle started with the demolition of 166 houses. But thakfully the castle is still standing a thousand years later, despite the various episodes of war.

And, of course, the Cathedral, consecrated in the 11th century and the third largest Cathedral in England, dominates the city skyline.

The City of Lincoln in 1935

Even in 1935, Lincoln’s history was a source of fascination for the newsreel audiences.

The Law Courts and the Library are described as ‘modern Lincoln’, even though to our eyes they are historic buildings.

There are some lovely images of local people going about their lives on the city streets, or relaxing in the park on a summer’s day.

City Of Lincoln (1935) – British Pathé (YouTube)

The City in 1942

Wartime didn’t stop the newsreel cameras visiting the historic streets and buildings of the city located in “Bomber County” – so named because of the number of Bomber Command airfields in Lincolnshire during World War II.

Locations filmed included

  • Lincoln Cathedral (St. Mary)
  • Exchequer Gate
  • Newport Arch
  • Potter Gate
  • The 12th Century “Jew’s House”, then being used for the Cottam & Son Antiquities shop
  • The Glory Hole
  • 15th Century stone bow arch

Lincoln (1942) – British Pathé (YouTube)

Lincoln’s Royal Visit 1958

In 1958, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited Lincoln and Scunthorpe on a rainy day.

In this footage you’ll see a varity of Lincoln locations, including the railway station and Cathedral, and the opening of the Penham Bridge.

In later scenes, the Royal couple visit the steelworks in Scunthorpe.

Although there is no soundtrack, the images are clear and crips, and you can see the faces of many spectators and participants.

Royal Visit To Lincoln, Scunthorpe & Grimsby (1958) – British Pathé (YouTube)

March 1986

This home video of a day out in Lincoln in March 1986 is just shy of seven minutes. It’s a highly enjoyable watch, and subtly reminds us how much has changed in the last few decades.

There are several different locations, with quite a few people appearing and the odd vehicle. A real trip down memory lane to see the fashions of the time.

Someone has dug up sections of the street, but there’s no safety signage, and it’s not clear if the man sitting against the hole is a workman because high-vis equipment hadn’t been introduced yet.

The slow panorama from the tower gives a nice view of the buildings in 1986, even if it was a misty day.

The final scene shows a BR train leaving the station, with mud heavily splattered half way up the sides.

Lincoln City Centre March 1986 – bonearrowgroup (YouTube)

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