The BrmmBrmm Motoring Guide to Lincoln
There is much of interest to offer if you are thinking of a motoring trip to Lincoln. It is an easy-paced ancient city that sits high above the gentle landscape of the Wolds, and whose Cathedral, the third largest in England (after St Paul’s and West Minster), is a major attraction. It has a stunning Romanesque west front, handsome cloister and kaleidoscopic Bishop’s Eye window.
The city of Lincoln is built at the point where there is a gap in the Lincoln Cliff (a limestone escarpment running north-south and rising to 200 ft/60 m in height, also sometimes called the Lincoln(shire) Edge or Lincoln Heath). The River Witham flows through this gap. Lincoln is thus divided informally into two zones, known locally as uphill and downhill.
The uphill area comprises the northern part of the city and includes the Cathedral quarter comprising the Cathedral, Lincoln castle and the Medieval Bishop’s Palace. It also includes residential suburbs to the north and north-east. The downhill area comprises the city centre and the suburbs to the south and south-west. The aptly named street Steep Hill, which is too steep for vehicles, connects the two. The divide was also once an important class distinction, with ‘uphill’ more affluent and ‘downhill’ less so. This distinction dates from the time of the Norman Conquest, when the religious and military elite occupied the hilltop. The construction and expansion of suburbs in both parts of the city since the mid-nineteenth century has diluted this distinction, nevertheless ‘uphill’ residential property continues to fetch a premium, and is almost invariably referred to as such in literature from local estate agents.