'I have always held and am prepared against all evidence to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have'. (John Ruskin 1819-1900)
I spent last weekend at Lincoln, the first time I have visited and I fell in love with the place. It has everything that York has but a little smaller and friendlier and without the tourist crowds, and it's built on a hill rather than in a damp foggy hollow. The fantastic medieval buildings range from lots of timber frames through to the magnificent cathedral. Plenty of Roman remains too if that is your period.
I spent Saturday carving spoons and chatting to folk about the Heritage Crafts Association in the nave with a pool of light from the stained glass on the floor before me and towering roofs of light above. It is a truly awe inspiring building today, it is very difficult to imagine what it must have felt like in the 12th century.