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Lincoln is a cathedral city in the county of Lincolnshire, famous for its delicious sausage recipe! The cathedral was once the tallest building in the world – it is a fine example of English Gothic architecture. The city is also home to Lincoln Castle, an 11th century Normal castle, which is unusual in that it has two moats. During the First World War, the first ever tanks were invented, designed and built in Lincoln by William Foster & Co., and the city continued to produce a vast array of war goods – from tanks and aircraft, to munitions and military vehicles – during the Second World War. Visitors are attracted to the city’s numerous historic buildings and museums. The Collection Museum houses over 2,000,000 interesting objects, while the Museum of Lincolnshire Life offers a varied insight into what it was like to live here from 1750 to the present day.
Tranquil destinations close to Lincoln include Whisby Nature Reserve and Hartsholme Country Park, while the city’s annual Christmas market has become a popular diary date for locals and visitors alike. It is based on a traditional German-style Christmas market and guarantees to leave you feeling festive! If you would like to stay overnight at one of the city’s hotels or bed and breakfasts over the Christmas market period, it is best to book in advance.
The main employment sectors in Lincoln are public administration, education, health, distribution and hospitality. The city also has a rich arable farming history, while tourism has played a large role in the modern city’s economy. Industrial giants have long ceased production here, leaving empty warehouse buildings. These have since become multi-occupant units, housing the likes of Lincs FM radio station and gym facilities. Nevertheless, more people in Lincoln are still employed today in building gas turbines than in any other field, and like many other cities in Britain, Lincoln has developed a growing IT economy, with e-commerce mail order companies setting up in and around the city. There are two main electronics companies, e2V and Dynex Semiconductor, while Italian company, Bifrangi, makes crankshafts for off-road vehicles. Growth in the services sector has resulted in an influx of new restaurants and entertainment venues, such as The Engine Shed and The Venue Cinema, offering a wealth of new opportunities for the wider area.
The city has one main railway station that runs services to Newark-on-Trent, Sheffield, Leeds, Barnsley, Wakefield, Nottingham, Grimsby and Peterborough. For London, rail users need to change at either Newark or Peterborough. The main east-west road through Lincoln is the B1190, starting from the Nottinghamshire-Lincolnshire boundary and finishing in the east at Thimbleby near Horncastle. The city is also served by three local airports – the main one is East Midlands Airport, which is around 43 miles away and lies between Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.
Lincoln has two higher education institutions, the oldest being Bishop Grosseteste University, which started life as a teacher training college linked to the Anglican Church. It became a university in 2012, having branched out into many new subject areas, with a focus on the arts and drama. The University of Lincoln is the larger of the two institutions, with over 12,000 students registered here. For further education courses, Lincoln College is the main provider, with 18,500 students, and there is also a specialist creative college in the city called Access Creative, offering courses in music, media and game design. There are four special needs schools in Lincoln, providing specialist care for children and young people in and around the city.
As for house prices, the average for Lincoln is around £193,206, which is a small fall on the prices of the last 12 months. In terms of property types, flats sell for an average of £130,982, while terraced houses fetch £136,161.