The earliest settlement beside the Brayford Pool was called Lindon, and this Celtic name was adopted by the Roman conquerors in the first century Ad. The fortress established on the hill above the river Witham was later transformed into a provincial capital of the Roman Empire, complete with a forum, basilica and fine houses, and the mighty walls and gates built then would stil be standing many hundreds of years later. After the Empire collapsed the city survived as the capital of a minor British realm which later developed into the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Lindsey. Prosperity and growth returned with the arrival of the Vikings in the ninth century, and the great cathedral begun by the Normans, the Conqueror's castle and fine Norman town houses are the jewels in the crown of Lincoln's modern tourist industry.
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About the Author:
Richard Gurnham was born in Skegness, in Lincolnshire, in 1950 and was educated at Skegness Grammar School and Nottingham University, where he studied Economic and Social History. He obtained his BA in 1971 and a PhD in 1976. He has lived in Louth since 1977, teaching History and Politics at King Edward VI Grammar School. He has also worked for many years as a part-time adult education lecturer in the county, taking local history courses in many different towns and publishing numerous local history studies, the latest being A History of Louth.
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- PublisherThe History Press
- Publication date2013
- ISBN 10 0750955562
- ISBN 13 9780750955560
- Number of pages224