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Lincoln’s Magna Carta voted in Visit England’s hall of fame

Lincoln’s original copy of the Magna Carta, hosted in the Cathedral, has been voted as one of the nation’s top historic treasures.

As part of Visit England’s Ultimate Hall of Fame, the document got a bronze award in the History & Heritage category, thanks to multiple votes from people.

The document in Lincoln is one of only four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta, with two others in the UK at the British Library and at Salisbury Cathedral.

County Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture and Heritage at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The Hall of Fame has been designed to celebrate the best of what the country has brought to the world and what makes it such a fascinating place to explore.

“I’m delighted that Lincolnshire’s contribution to our national heritage has been recognised by people from all over the country.

“The improvements currently taking place at Lincoln Castle will soon give Magna Carta the home it deserves, bringing in many more visitors from near and far.

“This will be the only place in the world where Magna Carta and the equally-important Charter of the Forest can be seen together, making the castle an attraction of international importance.”

3D rendering of the work planned for the prison at Lincoln Castle for the Magna Carta vault
3D rendering of the work planned for the prison at Lincoln Castle for the Magna Carta vault

Another Lincolnshire icon which made it onto the list was Woolsthorpe Manor, near Grantham.

The manor is the home of Sir Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity, and it won the silver award in the Inventions & Discoveries category.