Lincoln Cathedral was commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1072 who, wanting to create a show of Norman power in East Anglia, commanded the construction of a cathedral on the site of the demolished Anglo Saxon mother church.
The first cathedral was completed in 1092 by Bishop Regimus but destroyed by fire in about 1142.
The cathedral was rebuilt and expanded by Bishop Alexander but collapsed following an earthquake in 1185.
Construction on a third cathedral started in 1186 and spanned the period of 100 years until what exists today was more or less built working from the designs of the bishop St Hugh of Avalon.
The Bishop of Lincoln was one of the signatories to the Magna Carta and for hundreds of years the Cathedral has held one of the four remaining copies of the original. It now resides in the nearby Lincoln Castle, where it is on permanent display.
You might recognize Lincoln's cathedral from recent film roles in The Da Vinci Code and Young Victoria where it doubled for Westminster Abbey.
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