The History of The White Hart Hotel

Situated in the historic Cathedral Quarter of Lincoln, The White Hart Hotel is over 600 years old. First opened in the 14th century as a coaching inn, the hotel sits between the Norman Castle and the city’s Medieval Cathedral, making it a fantastic location for visitors who are keen to experience Lincoln’s history and witness the beauty of Roman architecture and design.

The hotel is famous for being the meeting place for Sir William Tritton and Major W G Wilson in September 1915 – they together conceived of and created the first ever prototype military tank in what became known as the ‘Tank Room’, which is now a corporate boardroom on the first floor of the hotel. Thanks to their design skills the world’s first 200 tanks were manufactured in Lincoln.

An attractive mixture of old and new, the hotel is also known for its ghostly history and is synonymous with spirits and ghouls. The legend is that a highwayman was killed in the area of the hotel that used to be the stables many years ago and he now haunts the restaurant area, hiding his face with his cloak!

Lincoln Castle is just a short walk from the hotel entrance and is home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, a Victorian prison and an archaeology exhibition. This year, a ceramic poppies sculpture will be exhibited at the castle until September to commemorate the Battle of the Somme. Originally a part of the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014, the poppy sculpture (known as the Wave and Weeping Window) is just a short walk away from the Cathedral where visitors can inscribe and leave behind crosses with the names of their lost loved ones.

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