Cited on a hill overlooking the flat Lincolnshire countryside, Lincoln Cathedral was once the tallest building on Earth, until the central spire was blown down in the 16th Century. The current building is mostly in the Early English style, and was funded from the proceeds of one of the largest and richest dioceses in England.
John Ruskin once held that Lincoln was worth roughly two of any of the other English Cathedrals, and it is hard to disagree with him. Whilst others have their own virtues - York's huge size, for instance - Lincoln's brilliantly innovative use of early English Gothic marks it out. This view shows the Angel Choir as it soars upwards and Eastwards from behind the altar. The alternating pillars of black Purbeck marble and pale limestone are striking, as is the contrast between the two materials at the higher levels. The whole building is a towering, twisting mass of columns, ribs and arches; it, like Patrington, captures the feeling of a forest beautifully.