The Lincoln Baron’s Charter Trail is part of the city’s Magna Carta 800th Anniversary celebrations. The 25 Lincoln Barons were placed around the city for the start of the trail on 13th June, to coincide with the Great Weekend celebrations and they will stay in place until the 13th September. Each Baron represents one of the Barons that signed the Magna Carta with King John, each is decorated by a different artist and sponsored by a local business.
My children and I visited Lincoln to do the trail on a rather rainy 13th of June, we had lots of fun finding the different Barons around the city and finding the letter on each Baron to work out the phrase, so we could win a bag of King John’s gold (chocolate coins). The trail is free, it is a great day out with the kids and it gets you wandering round Lincoln seeing different parts of the beautiful city.
We didn’t do the trail in order, starting at the first Baron at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, we were so excited we found the first one nearest to where we had parked. We walked a long way so for smaller children it might be an idea to do it in parts, if they aren’t keen on walking.
1 Mmm… Lincolnshire Baron, William de Forz, by Carolyn Short and sponsored by Burton Road Chippy.
2 Lindum Soldier, William de Huntingfield, by Deven Bhurke and sponsored by Lincoln BIG and Visit Lincoln.
3 Steampunk Baron, Richard de Clare and Gilbert de Clare, by Lincoln Steampunks and sponsored by Human Alchemy and Victorian Steampunk Society.
4 The 1960s Baron, Robert de Vere, by Rosie Ablewhite and sponsored by The Lincoln Hotel
5 The Baron of Riches, Henry de Bohun, by Vanessa Clocking and sponsored by Lincolnshire County Council.
6 Truck Driver Baron, Roger Bigod, by Carolyn Short and sponsored by Denby Transport
7 Wild Flower Baron, William D’Albini by Fern Lough and sponsored by Pennell’s Garden Centre
8 Bomber Baron, William de Mowbray by Jemima Cholmondeley-Smith and sponsored by Pipers Crisp
9 An Expansive Place Baron, Richard de Percy, by Lizzy Mason and sponsored by BBC Radio Lincolnshire
10 The People’s Baron, William de Lanvallei, by Cynthia Harrison and sponsored by Waitrose
11 Teacher Baron, William Marshall II, by Rebekah Lockley and sponsored by Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance
12 Wings of an Angel, Geoffrey de Mandeville, by Louise Jardine and sponsored by the Lincolnshire Echo
13 Freeman Baron, John de Lacy, by Leah Goldberg and sponsored by Ruddocks of Lincoln
14 Baron Mayor of Lincoln, William Hardel, by Leah Goldberg and sponsored by City of Lincoln Council
15 The Graduate Baron, Hugh Bigod by Rosie Ablewhite and sponsored by the University of Lincoln
16 Anything goes Baron, John FitzRobert, by Anna Carter and sponsored by Stagecoach East Midlands
17 Station Master Baron, Geoffrey de Say, by Peter Annable and sponsoered by St Marks Shopping Centre
18 Proud to be a Yellow Belly, Gilbert de Clare, by Ruth Pigott and sponsored by Optima
19 The Beekeeper Baron, Robert de Ros, by Susan Webber and sponsored by Thorne
20 Young Baron, Richard de Montfichet, by Richard Knight and sponsored by EBP
21 Construction Baron, Eustace de Vesci, by Peter Segasby and sponsored by Chestnut Homes
22 Lincolnshire Waterways Baron, Roger de Montbegon, by Melanie Clare and sponsored by Business in the Community
23 Red Arrows Baron, Robert Fitzwalter, by Ruth Pigott and sponsored by Virgin trains East Coast
24 Sir Walter Style, William Malet, by Mel Langton and sponsored by Waterside Shopping Centre
25 Baron of the Crystal Hues, Saer de Quincy, by Lesley Ann Withers and sponsored by Humberside Airport
To find out more about the individual Lincoln Barons or to download a map of the Charter Trail go to the Lincoln Barons website Hurry as there is just over a month left to see the Barons. There are lots of interesting places to visit in Lincoln so why not include a visit to one of the following while you are in Lincoln, Lincoln Castle, The Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln Cathedral, The Collection or The Usher Gallery.