Park Riding School: keeping a legacy alive

A feature interview with Carol Wilson, who, along with her husband Tony, and 14 year help Sam Smith, is keeping Lincoln’s quirky community riding school alive. Park Riding School is the last vestige of a strong equestrian heritage in Lincoln. While now it stands alone, a cosy little nook amidst new developments, it once shared space…

Sunset on South Common

  West Common, as detailed in a previous post, is not Lincoln’s only surrounding area of grassland. Located just in front of Lincoln’s war memorial spire, South Common provides not only some of the most pleasant land in and around the city, but also indisputably the best viewing platform that the city – and perhaps…

The native beings of Lincolnshire

  For a county with such range in its nature and landscape, it is to be expected that Lincolnshire should host some varieties of wildlife exclusive to itself. An example of these is the curly-coat pig. Admittedly, these became extinct in the 1970s, but varieties of these have been re-introduced into Lincolnshire in the last…

Gibraltar Point: the deserted coast of Lincolnshire

  On Lincolnshire’s east coast exists an area of over 1,000 hectares of what is essentially untouched land, resulting in one of the most diverse regions of land in England. Gibraltar Point, so-called because it was initially – and wrongly – thought to share its longitude with the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, is made…

Wildlife on West Common

  Though perhaps best known for its racecourse, sports pitches, or as a scenic viewpoint for Lincoln Cathedral, West Common’s more discreet assets are perhaps more valued by wildlife enthusiasts. The heritage of the common is closely entwined with the city of Lincoln’s industrial history which, in the early 20th century, specialised in the manufacturing of…

A morning walk on the Witham

  If you are to believe the pseudoscientific hypotheses put forward by psychologists from articles such as this one, you might be led to believe that spending the morning in bed makes you more intelligent than someone who rises early. While it may be sweet of these writers to try and comfort us, providing some justification…

Dusk on the Foss Dyke

  If you turn off Carholme road onto Harvey Street, Westfield Street, or any of the other residential lanes that lead off in that direction, a thirty second stroll will bring you away from the drone of Lincoln’s traffic nightmare-realm and onto Foss Bank, beside Foss Dyke navigation. Follow the Foss Dyke long enough, and…

Waterways and learning not to squander your city

  Featured Image: Shropshire Union Canal at Croughton Cheshire. Terry Kearney, Flickr. Link It’s now quite common to hear people complain about city living, to bemoan the ugliness of high-rise architecture and lament life amongst undesirable townsfolk. Just last week I was speaking to a man (who will remain unnamed) who “sympathised” with me for living…

With the swans on Brayford Pool: England’s oldest inland harbour

By Alex The original name for Lincoln was “Lindon”, and since “Lin” means “pool” and “don” means “at the foot of a hill”, the city wouldn’t be what we know it as today without this historic waterfront. The story of the Brayford begins in earnest in 48AD. Lindon, an inland port town, grew after the…

Riseholme: Lincoln’s Agricultural Hub

  The future of Lincolnshire’s farming lies in their hands… Featured image: Ducks wander on a frozen lake at the Riseholme campus. Claire Brownlow. Flickr. Link Those who have lived in Lincoln for many years will probably recognise the name “Lincolnshire School of Agriculture” better than the eponymous name we see today. However, Riseholme is…