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With a hill that affords views for miles around and a river for swift sea access, it’s hardly surprising that Lincoln’s defensive location has been exploited by invading forces for the last 2000 years. The Romans set up camp soon after arriving in Britain and in the 11th century the Normans speedily constructed a castle after their invasion. The city yo-yoed between Royalist and Parliamentarian forces during the Civil War, and the warfare theme continued into the 20th century, when Lincoln’s heavy engineering industry spawned the world’s first tank, which saw action in WWI.