Lincoln Knights' Trail

  • May 20, 2017 to September 4, 2017
  • All Day

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Follow a trail of 35 Knight sculptures throughout Lincoln to mark 800 years since the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest.

The sculpture trail will consist of 35 Knights which represent the two main figures of the 1217 Battle of Lincoln - Nicola de la Haye (Custodian of Lincoln Castle) and William Marshall (Regent to the young King Henry III).

The Battle of Lincoln was the culmination of King John's rebellion against Magna Carta, which he sealed in 1215. By May 1217 the city of Lincoln had been taken by the combined French and rebel English forces - all except for Lincoln CastleLed by the formidable lady constable Nicola de la Haye, the Castle held true and the Royalists of Henry III claimed victory - saving Lincoln and England from coming under French rule.

In November of 1217, a companion charter to Magna Carta was sealed, re-establishing rights of access to royal forests for free men; the Charter of the Forest.

After the trail, the sculptures will be sold at auction in Lincoln Cathedral to raise money for The Nomad Trust. This local charity which serves the homeless community of Lincoln and provides emergency accommodation for those who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets.

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