Reunion and Farewell To The Barons

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On Sunday morning we drove once again up to Lincoln Castle. This time, it was to have a look at an event held in the castle grounds called ‘The Lincoln Barons’ Reunion’. The photo of the Baron above is the ‘Baron of the Crystal Hues’. (Unfortunately, my husband’s shadow is hiding his name!)

This event, held from Thursday, September 24th until Tuesday, October 1st, is a chance for people to see all 25 Barons together before they’re auctioned on the evening of October 1st. The money raised will go to the national charity, The Trussell Trust – who organised the construction and displaying of the Barons in the city, along with Lincoln BIG, a business improvement group.

The Baron’s Trail was devised by ‘Wild in Art’ – an organisation that aims to make creativity and enjoyment of art accessible to people by working with artists, communities and schools and producing high profile and popular events. Individual artists from all over the country created the colourful barons, which have been displayed in locations around Central Lincoln throughout the summer. This one, the ‘Anything Goes Baron’ was standing on the bridge over the River Witham along the High Street:

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I wrote about the reason for ‘The Barons’ Trail’ in an earlier post but, in a nutshell, it was part of the city’s celebrations to mark 800 years since King John signed the Magna Carta (Great Charter) at Runneymede. One of the original copies of the Treaty is housed in Lincoln Castle, so the city was justified in hosting so many celebratory events.

The Barons who ordered John to sign the Treaty are represented in these life-sized, smile-inducing models we are now saying ‘Goodbye’ to. Last week, they were gathered up from their different sites and I’ve no doubt that the area will look quite dull without them. They’ve been a big attraction for locals and tourists alike, the characterful barons and the ‘Trail’ proving to be one of the highlights of the Magna Carta anniversary celebrations nationwide. Children in particular found it great fun to find the code letter on each one in order to claim the promised bag of gold coins (gold paper-covered, chocolate ones, of course).

There were a lot of people already in the castle grounds when we arrived just after 10 am – the opening time. Consequently, it was difficult for photo-taking. We’d hoped to be able to get a few good shots of many of the Barons all together, but that wasn’t at all easy. Firstly, the barons were placed further apart than shown on the advertising blurb, and secondly, people were standing close to individual Barons. That’s understandable, so we just went with the flow and got some ‘not-so-good’ photos. Β Here’s Β a few of them:

A mini ‘Paint Your Own Baron’ can be bought at The Lincoln Visitor Information Centre (shown below in the wonderful old building located on Castle Hill, between the castle and the cathedral) and a competition to win a free mini model of a Baron is also up and running. And finally, every shop in the city centre will be given their own mini Baron to paint and decorate in time for the Christmas season. By doing so, they will be creating a Christmas Baron’s Trail. These mini characters, unlike their bigger brothers, will be harder to find. Many will be ‘ hiding’ amongst other items displayed in the windows of shops and businesses.

I’ll probably do an update on the mini barons around Christmas. Hopefully, we’ll be able to find and photograph some of them in their hiding places. Until then, I’ve got a few more posts on Malta and other places we’ve visited this year to keep me going.

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About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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32 Responses to Reunion and Farewell To The Barons

  1. Wow this is so cool! I love the history of the Barons as well as all of the fun stuff like the mini Barons and the contest to win one and the shops having one! This was a fun history lesson! Thanks teacher Millie!

  2. Fascinating stuff Millie! There are so many weird and wonderful stories to discover in Britain. 😊 x

    • milliethom says:

      That’s very true. As you know, we love our history here, and take every opportunity to have a bit of pomp and ceremony – or just a bit of fun. The Barons have certainly been fun. πŸ™‚

  3. draliman says:

    What a colourful crowd! I hope they didn’t dress like that going into battle πŸ™‚

  4. Bekki Hill says:

    Love those barons. Will you be bidding for one?

  5. This does sound like great fun! I adore organizations that support and emphasize the arts and especially involve school children. Art makes people happy and helps inspire young people to achieve great things…in my opinion πŸ™‚

  6. Very different but very interesting! I am not used to the very older history, more the SA history that does not date so far back. These Barons are very colorful too πŸ˜€

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks Scrapydo. We’re steeped in history here. I could write about something different every day and still barely scratch the surface. I should think the history of SA is fascinating – and very turbulent. The Barons have been a lot of fun all summer. πŸ™‚

  7. Lovely, wish I could get one.

  8. Wonderfully interesting history and pictures. “Paint your own Baron”: love it.

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you, Jack. Sorry for the late response to comments, but I had a killer of a headache all yesterday – probably from spending too many hours staring at a computer screen. I hardly looked at my blog all day. Thank you for liking the Barons. If you’d like a ‘Mini Baron’ I’d be happy to send you one! πŸ˜€

      • Thank you for the most generous offer of a ‘mini baron’ but I think I will have to be satisfied with the ‘virtual baron’ for the time being. Hope your headache has subsided. I’m so far behind on posts and emails, not sure I’ll ever catch up.

      • milliethom says:

        It seems to be the story of our lives, Jack. Time doesn’t seem to be on our side, does it? I’m behind with EVERYTHING! Perhaps it’s the thought of that that’s giving me so many headaches. Born worrier, that’s me. Feel free to email me any time – if you have the time, that is. πŸ˜€

  9. irinadim says:

    What a wonderfully artistic way to celebrate the Magna Carta! Love the colourful Barons. I only wish The People’s Baron had a more colourful face and hands. His apron is great. πŸ™‚

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you, Irina. I agree about the face – but all the Barons have the same face, just painted differently. Nick and I were only saying when we were photographing them that the facial expression is so miserable. The mouth is down-turned into a scowl, so I suppose it would be difficult to make them look happy.

      • irinadim says:

        Yes, I suppose so. Still, they are wonderful. πŸ™‚

      • milliethom says:

        I imagine the designer of the basic baron figures wanted to make them look severe – perhaps miserable. They weren’t too happy with King John’s antics, after all. Smiley Barons might have looked better to us, but would probably not have suited their mood. πŸ™‚

  10. Those Barons lining up one by one is just really cute. The history of it is fascinating and I always love to read it. I can’t wait to see mini Barons around Christmas time! πŸ˜‰

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