The skyline of Lincoln, a small city in Eastern England, is dominated by the mighty cathedral standing atop a steep hill dominating the flat landscape. Like many cathedrals built in the high middle ages and in the Gothic style, it has magnificent stonework and beautiful stained glass. For 238 years it was the world's tallest building, and one of only 4 surviving copies of the Magna Carta was stored there before being relocated to the castle.

But despite that, its greatest claim to fame is probably the little stone carving nestling in the stonework and known as the Lincoln Imp.

Needless to say, it comes with a tale to tell. In the 14th century, so the saying goes, two imps were dispatched by the Devil to do his dirty work on earth, and they headed to Lincoln Cathedral where they wreaked general mayhem, smashing tables and tripping the Bishop over. A very convenient angel appeared from one of the hymnbooks and turned one imp - the subject of our story - to stone. The other reputedly escaped and some say on a windy day you can still hear him careering round the cathedral in pursuit of his petrified partner in crime.

The Imp is now on the crest of the city, is the mascot and nickname of the local soccer team, and is immortalised on millions of door-knockers.

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