“ ‘I have always held and proposed against all comers to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles.’ John Ruskin ”

The Dean's Verger

Architectural History

Lincoln Cathedral was built by Bishop Remigius at the end of the 11th century and was consecrated in 1092. In 1185, the Cathedral was partly destroyed by an earthquake leaving only the Norman west front standing. In 1186, the rebuilding of the Cathedral began under the auspices of Bishop (later Saint) Hugh of Avalon. Work began in 1192 with St Hugh’s Choir and the eastern transepts and continued with the nave which eventually joined the new parts of the building to the west front. The Angel Choir, situated at the far eastern end of the building and comprising the presbytery and retro-choir, was completed in 1280. Much of the design and construction of the Cathedral was experimental and, in 1237, the central tower collapsed. By 1311, it had been replaced with a tower and spire of approx. 525 ft in total height, making the Cathedral arguably the tallest building in the world for nearly 238 years. In 1548 the spire collapsed in a storm and had to be removed. It was never replaced. The magnificent Library, which is home to over 200 rare manuscripts, was built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1674.

Architectural Features

Parts of the west front of Lincoln, with its friezes of sculpture, are all that survives of the Norman Cathedral built on this site. Most of the Cathedral dates from the 13th century with 14th-century additions. The central Tower is one of the tallest of all English Cathedrals and one of the most beautiful. There are many architectural similarities with Canterbury Cathedral. The Nave, with its slender widely spaced Piers embellished with shafts of Purbeck marble, is in the Early English Gothic style. The pointed Arches, ribbed Vaults and flying Buttresses of the Early English Gothic style enabled lighter construction and larger windows for Stained Glass. The double arcading in the Choir Aisles is an unusual feature. Attached to the north and south walls are arches and columns in relief, with a second layer arranged in a syncopated fashion in front, giving the illusion of a passageway. Some fine early glass and remarkable examples of carving in both stone and wood can be found throughout the building. There are two exceptional Rose Windows: the Dean’s Eye in the north transept (12th/13th century) and the Bishop’s Eye in the south transept (c.1325–1350) – one of the largest examples of curvilinear tracery in medieval architecture. The stone Choir Screen of the 1330s separated the Choir from the rest of the Cathedral. Its intricate carvings bear traces of blue and red, silver and gold. The wooden Choir Stalls, 1360–1380, are beautifully carved with no fewer than 62 misericords.

Filming Attributes

There are public car parks 100 yards from the Cathedral and a hard standing area. There is easy access into the Cathedral. A good power supply is available and there is good mobile phone reception. There are tea/coffee making facilities and toilets available for use by film crews and there would be volunteers on hand to help with the smooth running of a shoot. Night shoots are permitted in the building, subject to negotiation.


Special Considerations

  • Accommodate Unit Base
  • Accommodation for Cast & Crew
  • Animals Allowed
  • Hotworks
  • Night Shoots
  • Weekend Shoots


Lincoln Cathedral sits on a hill at the heart of the city of Lincoln overlooking the town and the surrounding countryside.
Lincoln is easily accessed from the A1 or the M1 motorway along good dual carrigeways. There is also a regular service to Lincoln Central station from London King’s Cross. Lincoln is served by several airports including Humberside (32 miles away), Robin Hood Airport Doncaster and Sheffield (37 miles away) and East Midlands Airport (52 miles away).

Crew and Relevant Links


Email: eventsmanager@lincolncathedral.com & nancy@heritage4media.com

Phone: 01522 561606 or 07736 364722

Website: http://lincolncathedral.com