Stepping through the door of Chain Bridge Forge, Spalding’s only remaining blacksmith’s workshop, is like being transported back in time 200 years.
Promoting two new books, writing another, fitting in interviews, television and radio appearances as well as looking after his farm is all in a day’s retirement for archaeologist Francis Pryor.
“I like the open space, and the county has definitely been a large part of my life. Africa was already in my blood, and Lincolnshire is very different to Kenya, but both have that element of space. There is definitely a similarity.”
She looks like any other woman out running along the riverside paths on the outskirts of Lincoln, her blonde hair tied back and her pet dog trotting along at her heels. This particular jogger, however, is Flight Lieutenant Rachael Cadman, RAF – a world-class triathlete and leading light in the rapidly growing field of ultra-marathons.
With a picnic box of county produce provided for every guest at his enthronement and a clear delight in what he has discovered so far, the new Bishop of Lincoln tells Jason Hippisley how he intends to be an ambassador for the historic county of Lincolnshire.