Lincoln Cathedral was constructed on the orders of William the Conqueror.

In 1200 King John acted as a pall-bearer at the funeral of Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln who was buried in Lincoln Cathedral. This occasion is commemorated in the stained glass of the medieval Dean's Eye window.

When Queen Eleanor, the wife of Edward I died at Harby, a few miles from Lincoln, the heartbroken king had Eleanor's internal organs entombed at the cathedral. The king erected  12 elaborate Eleanor Cross memorials  marking the places where his wife’s body rested on the long procession to Westminster Abbey. A replica tomb in the Angel Choir has replaced the original which was destroyed by Cromwell's troops during the English Civil War.

The tomb of Kathryn Swynford, mistress and later wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and son of Edward III lies in the chantry chapel dedicated to her near the high altar. The couple were married in the cathedral in 1396, legitimizing their four children born before the marriage. Many of John and Katherine's descendants became monarchs and royal princes and princesses of England.

Lincolnshire places with royal tales to tell

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