This is my entry into Cee’s Black and White Challenge. This week’s theme is buildings. As I’m sure you can tell, I spent a little longer playing around with the editing of these this week. I thought a vintage effect would fit the subject matter quite nicely. I’d love to know what everyone else thinks.
I do actually have lots more pictures that I’ve edited (and I may still post them later in the week) but I decided that these five photos worked well as a set. They were all taken around Lincoln (UK) and perfectly illustrate the differences between the two areas of the city.
Lincoln is a city split by the aptly named Steep Hill. ‘Downhill’ has traditionally been the poorer area, the home of the lowers classes and the site of industry. The first three pictures in the gallery, taken beside the River Witham, show the mixture of modern and industrial era architecture that is common to the area. Whilst you can also find the occasional older structure they are not all that common. Uphill Lincoln, on the other hand, has always been the home of the wealthy and has lots more buildings of advanced age. That is where you find the Cathedral, the Castle and the Medieval Bishop’s Palace, as well as many other old structures, including those in the photographs above. This is the area that tourists tend to visit.
The stone-built buildings in the last two pictures are known as The Jew’s House and Jew’s Court and are situated on Steep Hill itself. Jew’s House is believed to be the oldest surviving townhouse in England, dating from the mid-twelfth century. Jew’s Court is of a similar age. The story goes that they were seized from their Jewish owners in the anti-semitic fever of the late thirteenth century, exacerbated in Lincoln when a young boy named Hugh (Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln) was murdered and his death was blamed on a Jew. This anti-semitism culminated with the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290.
I’d like to believe that all such divides between classes and cultures has gone from our modern society. Unfortunately I know that isn’t true.
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