In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Lincoln like this:
Lincoln.-- parl. and mun. bor., city, co. town, and co. in itself, Lincolnshire, on W. bank of river Witham, 22 m. NE. of Nottingham and 132 m. NW. of London by rail - parl. bor., 5373 ac., pop. 39,436; mun. bor., 3891 ac., pop. 37,313; 3 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Friday. Lincoln was the Lindum Colonia of the Romans. Camden refers to it as likely to have been a place of importance even in the time of the Britons. The see, which was originally founded at Dorchester in 636, was finally established at Lincoln in 1088, about which time the first cathedral was erected. ...
The present splendid edifice dates from the 12th century. It is the earliest example (and one of the finest) of the Early English style, and has an imposing situation on the summit of a hill, on the slopes of which the city has been built. In the central tower is the famous bell known as "Great Tom of Lincoln," which weighs 5 tons 8 cwt., and at the mouth is 6 ft. 10½ in. in diameter. Lincoln received a charter of incorporation from Richard II. Large industries are shown in mfrs. of farm implements, portable steam-engines, &c. Iron-works and steam flour-mills are in operation, while brewing and a trade in corn and wool are actively conducted. Besides its convenience for railway traffic, the city has excellent waterways to the coast. Lincoln returns 1 member to Parliament; it returned 2 members until 1885, when the parliamentary limits were extended so as to include the par. of Bracebridge.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lincoln in Lincolnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st May 2013
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