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Boole, George - Mathematician
Boole, George - Mathematician
Boole, George - Mathematician

George Boole (1815-1864), born in Lincoln, was an outstanding mathematician. Though his upbringing was modest, his early talent was nurtured and he became a schoolmaster.

His outstanding achievement was to develop the algebraic logic which underpins computer science.

He is commemorated by this window in the north aisle of the nave at Lincoln Cathedral.

Boole, Cathedral, computer
Byrd, William - Composer and Organist
Byrd, William - Composer and Organist
Byrd, William - Composer and Organist

This Georgian house, 6 Minster Yard, stands on the site of the property occupied by William Byrd when he worked at the Cathedral.

October 2012

 

Buildings, William Byrd,
Byrd, William - Composer and Organist
Byrd, William - Composer and Organist
Byrd, William - Composer and Organist

William Byrd (c.1540-1623) was an outstanding composer of the renaissance period. He produced sacred music for Anglican services though he himself became a Roman Catholic in later life.

He was organist and master of choristers at Lincoln Cathedral between 1563 and 1572, residing at what is now No.6 Minster Yard.

This commemorative plaque is at No,6 Minster Yard, Lincoln. 

October 2012

Buildings, William Byrd,
Charlesworth, Edward - Physician & Psychiatrist
Charlesworth, Edward - Physician & Psychiatrist
Charlesworth, Edward - Physician & Psychiatrist

Edward Parker Charlesworth (1783-1853) was a physician and innovator in psychiatric treatment.

He acquired a large practice in Lincoln as a young man and played a leading role in both the Lincoln County [General] Hospital and the newly opened Lincoln Lunatic Asylum.

This statue, at the corner of Lincoln's Union Road and Carline Road, is by Thomas Milnes and was unveiled in 1854.

August 2014

Buildings, Edward Charlesworth, Lincoln lunatic asylum, Thomas Milnes
George III - English king
George III - English king
George III - English king

This bust of a rather smug looking George III stands in Lincoln Castle grounds.

Originally, this was part of a full height statue set up in 1810 on the top of Dunston Pillar.

In 1941 the statue was judged to be a hazard to aircraft - RAF Coleby Grange was close by - and taken down.

Frank Robinson, May 2011

Buildings, Lincoln Castle, George III, Dunston Pillar
Grosseteste, Robert - Bishop, Statesman, Philosopher, Theologian, Scientist
Grosseteste, Robert - Bishop, Statesman, Philosopher, Theologian, Scientist
Grosseteste, Robert - Bishop, Statesman, Philosopher, Theologian, Scientist

Robert Grosseteste's tomb in the southeast transept of Lincoln Cathedral is marked by a raised ledger stone, designed by W.H.Randoll Blacking, and placed here in 1953. 

Bishop of Lincoln 1235-1253. 

First Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

Grosseteste is best known as an original thinker for his work concerning what would today be called science or the scientific method.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Grosseteste 

DB 18 October 2018

Lincoln Cathedral, Robert Grosseteste, Bishop
Hugh of Lincoln - Saint & Sixth Bishop of Lincoln
Hugh of Lincoln - Saint & Sixth Bishop of Lincoln
Hugh of Lincoln - Saint & Sixth Bishop of Lincoln

Prior to the Reformation Saint Hugh's head (which was separate from the body) was housed in a head reliquary kept under a movable cover on top of this stone shrine base.

Hugh was responsible for rebuilding Lincoln Cathedral following the earthqauke of 1185 which destroyed most of the original Norman Cathedral.

He was canonised by Pope Honorius III on 17 February 1220.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_of_Lincoln 

DB 27 August 2018

Lincoln Cathedral, Saint Hugh, Bishop
Keyworth, Leonard James - Victoria Cross
Keyworth, Leonard James - Victoria Cross
Keyworth, Leonard James - Victoria Cross

War memorial from the former United Methodist Chapel, Silver Street, Lincoln.

The chapel closed after a final service on 29 September 1940 and the building was demolished in the 1970's.

The memorial was found buried in a garden in Cherry Willingham! Subsequently moved to All Saints Church, Monks Road, Lincoln and re-dedicated Sunday 25th November 2007.

http://www.thelincolnshireregiment.org/silverstreetmemorial.shtml 

One of the names is that of Leonard James Keyworth VC :-

"For most conspicuous bravery at Givenchy on the night of 25-26th May, 1915.

After the assault on the German position by the 24th Battalion, London Regt, efforts were made by that Unit to follow up their success by a bomb attack, during the progress of which 58 men out of a total 75 became casualties.

During this very fierce encounter Lance-Cpl Keyworth stood fully exposed for 2 hours on the top of the enemy's parapet, and threw about 150 bombs amongst the Germans, who were only a few yards away.

— London Gazette, 2 July 1915

He later achieved the rank of Corporal, but was killed in action at Abbeville, France, on 19 October 1915"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_James_Keyworth

DB 1 August 2019


Leonard James Keyworth, Victoria Cross
Lincoln, Heneage Arms
Lincoln, Heneage Arms
Lincoln, Heneage Arms

Pubs and Hotels, Heneage Arms
Marriner, Neville - Musician
Marriner, Neville - Musician
Marriner, Neville - Musician

House in Grafton Street, Lincoln where Sir Neville Marriner was born marked by a blue plaque.

"Neville Marriner, CH, CBE (15 April 1924 – 2 October 2016) was an English violinist who became "one of the world's greatest conductors".

He founded the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and his partnership with them is the most recorded of any orchestra and conductor.

Marriner was born in Lincoln, England, the son of Herbert Marriner, a carpenter, and his wife Ethel (née Roberts).

He was educated at Lincoln School (then a grammar school), where he played in a jazz band with the composer Steve Race"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neville_Marriner 

DB 26 February 2019

Lincoln, Sir Neville Marriner, Grafton Street, violinist, conductor, musician
Marriner, Neville - Musician
Marriner, Neville - Musician
Marriner, Neville - Musician

Blue plaque on house in Grafton Street, Lincoln where Sir Neville Marriner was born.

DB 26 February 2019

Lincoln, Sir Neville Marriner, Grafton Street, violinist, conductor, musician, blue plaque
Remigius - First Bishop of Lincoln 1072-1092
Remigius - First Bishop of Lincoln 1072-1092
Remigius - First Bishop of Lincoln 1072-1092

Rose window at the west end of Lincoln Cathedral.

Victorian stained glass depicts Remigius holding a model of the original Norman Cathedral which he had built in Lincoln.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remigius_de_Fécamp 

Designed by J.G.Crace and made by the firm of Heaton, Butler & Bayne in 1858.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gregory_Crace_(designer) 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaton,_Butler_and_Bayne 

DB 12 August 2015

Lincoln Cathedral, Stained Glass, Window, John Gregory Crace, Heaton, Butler & Bayne, Remigius
Russell, John - Bishop & Lord Chancellor
Russell, John - Bishop & Lord Chancellor
Russell, John - Bishop & Lord Chancellor

Bishop Russell's tomb in Lincoln Cathedral.

John Russell 26th Bishop of Lincoln 1480-1494.

A fellow of New College, Oxford he was described by Sir Thomas More as "one of the best-learned men... that England had in his time".

Employed by Edward IV and Richard III on embassies to the court of the Duke of Burgundy, as Keeper of the Privy Seal and ultimately as Lord Chancellor.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Russell_(bishop)

DB 4 October 2018

Lincoln Cathedral, John Russell, Bishop
Ruston, Joseph - Engineer, Industrialist & Politician
Ruston, Joseph - Engineer, Industrialist & Politician
Ruston, Joseph - Engineer, Industrialist & Politician

Portrait of Joseph Ruston reproduced from the book "One hundred years of good company" by Bernard Newman.

This portrait used to hang in the Old Board Room, Ruston Works, Waterside South, Lincoln but is now in the Usher Gallery collection.

"On completing his apprenticeship in 1856 with a good commercial training and having a modest inheritance from his father's estate he went into business with Burton and Proctor of Lincoln.

He thus became head of the firm of Ruston, Proctor and Company, agricultural implement makers and engineers.

The company grew in size until it employed some 2000 people and in his lifetime produced 20,800 engines, 19,700 boilers, 10,900 threshing machines, and 1350 corn mills.

Ruston was a J.P. and was elected Mayor of Lincoln for 1869–70.

He was elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Lincoln in a by-election in June 1884.

He was re-elected at the 1885 general election but did not stand again in 1886 because he disapproved of Gladstone's proposals for Home Rule.

His decorations included the Cross of the Legion of Honour and the Order of Osmanieh.

He was appointed High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1891.

He was a benefactor to the town of Lincoln, funding the building of the drill-hall for the local volunteers, a children's ward at the Lincoln County Hospital, and the restoration of the monument in Lincoln Cathedral to the memory of Queen Eleanor"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Ruston 

DB 31 July 2019 

Joseph Ruston
Scorer, Sam - architect
Scorer, Sam - architect
Scorer, Sam - architect

Sam Scorer (1923-2003), Lincoln architect, was a leading exponent of concrete shell design, especially in hyperbolic paraboloid form.

Examples of his distinctive work can be seen in the city and at several locations in the east midland region.

November 2012

Buildings, Sam Scorer plaque, hyperbolic paraboloid
Shuttleworth, Alfred - Engineer
Shuttleworth, Alfred - Engineer
Shuttleworth, Alfred - Engineer

Picture of Alfred Shuttleworth, a major benefactor of All Saints Church, Monks Road, Lincoln, on display in the north aisle.

"Clayton & Shuttleworth was an engineering company located at Stamp End Works, Lincoln"

"In 1870 the company's workforce in Lincoln numbered 1,200.

The export trade was important to the firm; a branch in Vienna (Austria) was established early on, and other branches followed in Pest (Hungary), Prague (now Czech republic), Cracow (Poland) and Lemberg (now Ukraine).

The firm became a limited company in 1901, and Alfred Shuttleworth (1843–1925), son of the founder, became chairman"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayton_%26_Shuttleworth 

DB 1 August 2019

Churches,
Smith, William - Bishop & Co-Founder Brasenose College, Oxford
Smith, William - Bishop & Co-Founder Brasenose College, Oxford
Smith, William - Bishop & Co-Founder Brasenose College, Oxford

Reproduction Brass of Bishop William Smith (1494-1513) in the Narthex of Lincoln Cathedral.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Smyth 

Given to the Cathedral by the fellows of Brasenose College, Oxford, because the Bishop was co-founder of their college.

With two small exceptions all the Cathedral's original brasses were destroyed by Parliamentarian Troops during the English Civil War 1642–1651.

DB 14 December 2018

Lincoln Cathedral, Narthex, Brass, Bishop Smith, Brasenose College Oxford, Smyth
Tennyson Statue
Tennyson Statue
Tennyson Statue

The bronze Tennyson Monument on the lawn by the Chapter House was designed by G F Watts in 1905.

1930s photograph

Lincoln Buildings, Tennyson Statue, G F Watts
Tennyson Statue
Tennyson Statue
Tennyson Statue
Peter Grey Archive, 1965
Buildings, Tennyson Statue
Tennyson, Alfred - poet laureate
Tennyson, Alfred - poet laureate
Tennyson, Alfred - poet laureate

Buildings, Tennyson statue
Tennyson, Alfred - poet laureate
Tennyson, Alfred - poet laureate
Tennyson, Alfred - poet laureate

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) was born at Somersby in the Lincolnshire Wolds, son of the rector. He became a popular and long-serving poet laureate.

This statue by George Frederick Watts, erected in 1905, stands on the Cathedral Green.

March 2004


Buildings, Tennyson statue, Geroge Frederick Watts
Wells, Sophie - paralympic horsewoman
Wells, Sophie - paralympic horsewoman
Wells, Sophie - paralympic horsewoman

This gold-painted letter box is in Castle Square, Lincoln, on the approach to Excequergate Arch.

The plaque reads "This post box has been painted gold by Royal Mail to celebrate Sophie Wells Gold Medal winner London 2012 Olympic Games Equestrian: Team, Open".

Over 100 post boxes, throughout the country, were painted gold by Royal Mail to celebrate every Team GB and Paralympics GB gold medal won during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Sophie Wells from Lincoln won a team gold and two individual silver medals at the Paralympic Games.

DB 27 February 2018 


Streets, Sophie Wells, Castlew Sqare, Exchequergate Arch
Wolsey, Thomas - Cardinal and Bishop of Lincoln
Wolsey, Thomas - Cardinal and Bishop of Lincoln
Wolsey, Thomas - Cardinal and Bishop of Lincoln

The Cardinal's Hat Inn (late C15), High Street, Lincoln probably named in compliment to Thomas Wolsey (Bishop of Lincoln 1514-15).

When Henry VIII became King of England in 1509, Wolsey became the King's almoner.

Wolsey's affairs prospered, and by 1514 he had become the controlling figure in virtually all matters of state.

His appointment as a cardinal by Pope Leo X in 1515 gave him precedence over all other English clergy.

The highest political position Wolsey attained was Lord Chancellor.

After failing to negotiate an annulment of Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Wolsey fell out of favour and was stripped of his government titles.

He retreated to York to fulfill his ecclesiastical duties as Archbishop of York, a position he nominally held, but had neglected during his years in government.

He was recalled to London to answer to charges of treason—a common charge used by Henry against ministers who fell out of favour—but died on the way from natural causes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Wolsey  

DB 15 August 2019  

Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal, Bishop
Wordsworth, Christopher - Bishop of Lincoln
Wordsworth, Christopher - Bishop of Lincoln
Wordsworth, Christopher - Bishop of Lincoln

Monument to Christopher Wordsworth, a nephew of the famous poet, who was Bishop of Lincoln 1869 to 1885. 

Former headmaster of Harrow School. Very long sermons. A noted hymn writer and the Poet's nephew.

He set up many of the diocese's church schools and founded Lincoln Theological College.

Worked for an increase in the episcopate, revived the appointment of suffragan bishops Dr Henry Mackenzie being consecrated the 1st suffragan bishop of Nottingham in 1870. The diocese was eventually split with the Creation of the See of Southwell in 1884. 

DB 10 August 2019 

Lincoln Cathedral, Angel Choir, Christopher Wordsworth