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Good Morning Everyone,

I was thrilled when I discovered this part of Lincoln for it really is living history. This amazing bridge, called High Bridge, dates back to Norman Times.

High Bridge History from R.W.Stokes & Sons:

The High Bridge, built over the river Witham, is one of the few mediaeval bridges in England with houses upon it. High street itself passes over the original portion of the bridge, which is a fine ribbed Norman Arch of 22-foot span, dating from about 1160. The dark vault beneath, formerly named The Murder Hole, now bears the romantic title of The Glory Hole. In mediaeval times the bridge was an important centre for the merchants of those days. Fish, brought up from the coast and also caught locally in the Witham itself, was sold on the bridge. Farmers from the surrounding district brought meat, either by boat or wagon, to be bartered at this busy spot. Under the bridge passed vessels, loaded with wool, on their way to Flanders, whilst above, on the bridge, porters stood around waiting to be hired. The bridge must often have assumed the appearance of an open-air market, swarming with life and activity.

In about the year1235, an addition was made to the eastern side of the bridge; namely, a chapel dedicated to St. Thomas a Becket of Canterbury. Unfortunately the reformation in 1594 led to its desecration, however it was later used by the Guild of Tanners and Butchers as an assembly room and by the middle of the eighteenth Century it was being used as a chandler’s shop and was finally pulled down in 1763. An Obelisk was erected to mark the site of the chapel and for many years this formed an object of interest for visitors to Lincoln, but it was removed in 1939. It was about 1540 that a further extension was made to the bridge and the half-timbered houses were built. In the nineteenth century the Victorians plastered over the picturesque front of these houses, covering over all the charm. Fortunately they were carefully restored in 1902 and most of the timber beams visible today are the original ones, dating back to the sixteenth Century.

I hope you enjoyed this step back in time.
Have a great w/e, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5367 W: 265 N: 12194] (49016)
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