Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Church of St. Hugh of Lincoln, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

St Hugh was Bishop of Lincoln from 1186 and was renowned for helping the sick and needy and for befriending animals. In particular, he had a wild swan which would greet him and eat from his hand. He was often in conflict with Richard I, who still regarded him fondly, and was the person mostly responsible for building Lincoln Cathedral in the manner we see it today following a disastrous earthquake. So revered was Bishop Hugh that no less than King John himself helped carry the coffin up Steep Hill to its resting place in the Cathedral. Hugh was made Saint Hugh in 1220.

In 1875 Canon Croft came to Lincoln from Worksop and found a dilapidated Catholic Church here. He obtained permission from the Bishop of Lincoln to rebuild and the foundation stone was laid in 1892. In 1893, just 13 months later, the church was opened. In 2010 the Church completed a long period of refurbishment and is now once more the centre of Catholic life in Lincoln.

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