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Lincoln, Arboretum
Lincoln, Arboretum
Lincoln, Arboretum

The Arboretum in Lincoln opened in 1872.

The lion statue was the gift of F. J. Clarke, businessman and four-times mayor of Lincoln. It was made from composition stone by Austin and Seeley of London.

undated postcard

Streets, Lincoln Arboretum, F J Clarke, Auston & Seeley, lion statue
Lincoln, Broadgate
Lincoln, Broadgate
Lincoln, Broadgate

Broadgate, the principal north-south street parallel to Lincoln's High Street, gives an impressive, uninterrupted view of the Cathedral.

In the foreground is the junction between Clasketgate & Silver Street (to the left), Monks Road (right) and Lindum Hill (ahead).

This is a postcard of a painting by Arthur C Payne, probably dating from the inter-war period.

Undated postcard

Lincoln, Broadgate, Arthur Payne, Cathedral,
Lincoln, Broadgate
Lincoln, Broadgate
Lincoln, Broadgate

A view of Broadgate, looking north, but from lower down the street. On the left is the Drill Hall, built by William Watkins in 1890.

Frith postcard, 1939

Streets, Lincoln Broadgate, William Watkins
Lincoln, Castle Hill
Lincoln, Castle Hill
Lincoln, Castle Hill

The area between Exchequer Gate and the Castle in Lincoln, known as Castle Hill, is cobbled.

The timber-framed building on the corner of Bailgate, formerly a bank and now the local tourist office, has two overhangs and three gables.

On the north side of the hill towards the castle are fine 18th and 19th century houses.

Undated postcard

Lincoln, Castle Hill, Castle, Bailgate,
Lincoln, Castle Square
Lincoln, Castle Square
Lincoln, Castle Square

View of Castle Hill or Castle Square taken from the East Gate of the Castle looking east towards Exchequergate and the Cathedral.

Frith postcard, 1939

Streets, Lincoln Castle Square
Lincoln, Clasketgate
Lincoln, Clasketgate
Lincoln, Clasketgate

Silvergate House the Co-operative Department store just visible on the right in this image, with T&C Robinson's Country store in the center, and Langleys Solicitors to the left.

None of these businesses are still trading from the same location. 

5 April 1993

Lincoln, Clasketgate, Silvergate House, Co-operative, T&C Robinson, Langleys Solicitors
Lincoln, Cornhill
Lincoln, Cornhill
Lincoln, Cornhill

Image taken in 1993 showing the former Cornhill Tourist Information Office.

On 13 November 2014 the BBC reported 

"In March, the City of Lincoln Council announced it was going to close both of Lincoln's Tourist Information Centre's as part of annual budget savings of £2.5 million. This proved controversial with Visit Britain calling the plans short sighted.

Lincoln Business Improvement Group - known as BIG then came forward and said they would take over the running of the Castle Square site, but there would be less hours and fewer staff.

The closure of the Cornhill centre is being brought forward to mid-June"

1993

Lincoln, Cornhill, Tourist Information
Lincoln, Drury Lane
Lincoln, Drury Lane
Lincoln, Drury Lane

The view is from the former hospital, later Chad Varah House, in Wordsworth Street looking down on Drury Lane, which sweeps from side to side.

Lincoln Castle's Observatory Tower is in the centre background; the East Gate to the extreme right; Lucy Tower to the left.

For centuries both houses and businesses were situated close to the Castle walls.  The building with the tall chimney houses the Drury Lane Brewery.

1930s photograph

Lincoln Streets, Drury Lane, Castle, Drury Lane Brewery, Observatory Tower
Lincoln, Exchequer Gate, Sophie Wells&nbspGold Post Box
Lincoln, Exchequer Gate, Sophie Wells Gold Post Box
Lincoln, Exchequer Gate, Sophie Wells Gold Post Box

The plaque reads "This post box has been painted gold by Royal Mail to celebrate Sophie Wells Gold Medal winner London 2012 Olympic Games Equestrian: Team, Open".

Over 100 post boxes, throughout the country, were painted gold by Royal Mail to celebrate every Team GB and Paralympics GB gold medal won during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Sophie Wells from Lincoln won a team gold and two individual silver medals at the Paralympic Games.

DB 27 February 2018 

Lincoln, Exchequer Gate, Gold, Post Box, Sophie Wells
Lincoln, Greestone Steps
Lincoln, Greestone Steps
Lincoln, Greestone Steps

Greestone Steps link Lindum Hill with Greestone Place and the Cathedral Precinct.

The steps begin alongside the former Christ's Hospital Girls High School (left) and reach the Tithe Barn (also left) as they broaden out into Greestone (or Grecian) Place.

1930s photograph

Lincoln Streets, Greestone Steps
Lincoln, Guildhall Street
Lincoln, Guildhall Street
Lincoln, Guildhall Street

North side of Guildhall street showing Lincoln's Main Post Office in the distance and Clarks Shoe Shop in the foreground.

Striped barber's pole denoting Deeks Haidressers on a first floor in between.

By 2018 the Main Post Office had become The Mailbox public house, Clarks Shoe Shop had become Charles Clinkard Footwear, and Deeks Barbers Shop had become The Beauty Loft. 

4 February 1993 

Lincoln, Guildhall Street, Post Office
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street

This view of the High Street looks northwards from the top floor of the present Lloyds Bank.

To the right of the Stonebow in the middle distance can be seen the tower of St Peter at Arches and the Cathedral.

In the centre foreground is the stone obelisk which stood on the eastern side of the High Bridge.

Undated postcard

Lincoln, High Street, Stonebow, obelisk,
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street

Shops on the High Bridge, Lincoln, viewed from the south-east.

The date is after the 1902 restoration, probably in the 1920s.

Postcard

Lincoln, High Street, High Bridge,
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street

Another view of the High Street looks northwards from the top floor of the present Lloyds Bank or an adjacent building.

To the right of the Stonebow in the middle distance can be seen the tower of St Peter at Arches (see above) and the Cathedral.

In the centre foreground is the stone obelisk which stood on the eastern side of the High Bridge.

Undated postcard

Lincoln, High Street, Stonebow, St Peter at Arches, obelisk,
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street

Looking north up High Street with the tower of St Mark's Church showing on the left-hand side.

The small street in the left foreground is Anchor Street; Portland Street is a little further along on the right.

1930s postcard

Lincoln Streets, High Street
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street

Looking north with a view of J.Ruddock's shop front in 1993.

The BBC reported on 15 April 2017 that

"A family-owned shop has closed its doors for the last time after about 150 years of trading under the same name.

Ruddocks of Lincoln has been on its present site on the city's High Street since 1904 selling stationery, games, toys and gifts.

Henry Ruddock, the owner, said: "Costs are going up and business declining".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-39608003 

1 April 1993

Lincoln, High Street, J.Ruddock
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street

High Street looking south at the junction with Guildhall Street.

Memories of Littlewoods and the Midland Bank.

At one time Littlewoods was the largest family-owned firm in the UK. The closure of 119 Littlewoods stores was announced in 2005.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Littlewoods 

By 1934 Midland was the largest deposit bank in the world. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange, and was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, but in June 1992, it was taken over by HSBC Holdings plc, who phased out the Midland Bank name by June 1999, in favour of HSBC Bank.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midland_Bank 

4 February 1993

Lincoln, High Street, Littlewoods, Midland Bank
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street

The Mall Shopping Centre on the west side of upper High Street completely disappeared in 2015(?) to be replaced by Wildwood Restaurant. 

1 April 1993

Lincoln, High Street, The Mall
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street

Boots the Chemists original Lincoln shop at the junction between High Street and Clasketgate.

At one time there was a cafe on the top floor with live music to entertain customers.

Being used as a Job Centre in 1993. 

5 April 1993

Lincoln, High Street, Boots the Chemists, Job Centre
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street
Lincoln, High Street

Curtis, British Gas & Radio Rentals shops visible in this view at the junction of High Street with Silver Street.

Curtis of Lincoln still present at No. 2 Silver Street. Company traces its beginnings as a pork butcher in the 1800s. 

http://www.curtisoflincoln.com/about/ 

British Gas has undergone many changes since privatisation in 1986 and no longer has a High Street presence.

Radio Rentals is no longer trading - the urge to rent instead of buy reduced as domestic electronics became cheaper and more reliable, with greater use of integrated circuits and better design methods.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Rentals 

5 April 1993

Lincoln, High Street, Curtis of Lincoln, Radio Rentals
Lincoln, Lee Road, Edward IV Pillar Post Box
Lincoln, Lee Road, Edward IV Pillar Post Box
Lincoln, Lee Road, Edward IV Pillar Post Box

Lincoln has a good selection of Victorian, George V, George VI and Elizabeth II post boxes however only a few from the reign of Edward VII (1901-1910).

No known Edward VIII (1936) boxes in Lincolnshire? 

DB 8 November 2018

Lincoln, Lee Road, Edward IV, Pillar Post Box
Lincoln, Linton Place
Lincoln, Linton Place
Lincoln, Linton Place

This small terrace was off the lower High Street close to St Peter at Gowtís Church.

Like most industrial cities which expanded rapidly in the nineteenth century, Lincoln had large areas of back-to-back, high density housing.

Linton Place was demolished in the 1930s.

Postcard, 1901

Streets, Lincoln, Linton Place, St Peter Gowts
Lincoln, Lower High Street
Lincoln, Lower High Street
Lincoln, Lower High Street

This section of Lincoln's High Street has changed little in the half century or so since this photograph was taken.

St Mary's Guildhall, on the right, built in the 12th century, has had many uses over the years.

It is owned by the City Council and leased to Lincoln Civic Trust, who restored the building in 1984.

A section of the original Roman Fosse way - complete with wheel ruts - can be viewed through a glass panel in the main ground floor room.

Undated postcard

Lincoln, Lowere High Street, St Mary's Guiildhall, Civic Trust,
Lincoln, Minster Yard, Victorian Pillar Post Box
Lincoln, Minster Yard, Victorian Pillar Post Box
Lincoln, Minster Yard, Victorian Pillar Post Box

Situated next to The Chancery and opposite the east end of the Cathedral.

"In 1853 the first pillar box in the United Kingdom was installed at Botchergate, Carlisle"

"Green was adopted as the standard colour for the early Victorian post boxes"

"The first boxes to be painted red were in London in July 1874"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_box 

DB 27 September 2018

Lincoln, Minster Yard, Pillar Post Box
Lincoln, Saltergate
Lincoln, Saltergate
Lincoln, Saltergate

Image taken in 1993 showing the former Co-op Bank which closed 24th May 2018.

"The Still" public house is visible further along Saltergate.

5 April 1993

Lincoln, Saltergate, Co-op Bank
Lincoln, Silver Street
Lincoln, Silver Street
Lincoln, Silver Street

Silver Street showing National & Provincial and Abbey National branches.

There has been much consolidation in the financial industry since 1993 with many fewer bank and building society branches in Lincoln.

Abbey National took over National & Provincial in 1996. 

Abbey National was the first building society in the United Kingdom to demutualise and in 2004, it became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Spanish Santander Group.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbey_National

Banner advertising a Lincoln Gilbert and Sullivan Society production of Bizet's "Carmen" at the Theater Royal.

The society was formed in 1963 and dissolved in 1999.

https://www.lincstothepast.com/Lincoln-Gilbert-and-Sullivan-Society/882854.record?pt=S 

5 April 1993 

Lincoln, Silver Street, Lincoln Gilbert and Sullivan Society, National & Provincial, Abbey National
Lincoln, Silver Street
Lincoln, Silver Street
Lincoln, Silver Street

View along Silver Street showing the former Lincolnshire Co-op Department Store.

https://www.lincolnshire.coop/about-us/our-history 

Victorian "VR" post box visible at the junction with Bank Street. 

5 April 1993 

Lincoln, Silver Street, Lincolnshire Co-op Department Store
Lincoln, Sincil Street
Lincoln, Sincil Street
Lincoln, Sincil Street

Redmaynes Sports Shop, on the corner of Sincil Street and Norman Street, prominent in this view from 1993.

The area has been much affected 2017/19 by construction of the new city bus station.

2 April 1993

Lincoln, Sincil Street, Redmaynes
Lincoln, South Park
Lincoln, South Park
Lincoln, South Park

This Edwardian postcard depicts South Park with the lower slopes of South Common to the right.

South Common, a site of nature conservation importance, covers an area of 80 hectares between Canwick Road and Cross O'Cliff Hill.

Its southern boundary rises steeply to the limestone edge.

 

Lincoln, South Park, South Common,
Lincoln, St Giles, Shops
Lincoln, St Giles, Shops
Lincoln, St Giles, Shops

Much of the St Gilesí estate was developed in the 1920s and 1930s, though a small section had been built near the Wragby Road just before the First World War.

The shopping centre, dominated by the Lincoln Co-operative Societyís grocerís, butcherís and chemistís shops, was built in the 1930s.

Undated postcard

Streets, Lincoln St Giles, Shops
Lincoln, St Swithun's&nbspSquare
Lincoln, St Swithun's Square
Lincoln, St Swithun's Square

The church of St Swithun is to the left and Broadgate at the end of the street.

Postcard, 1920

Streets, Lincoln, Silver Street, St Swithun
Lincoln, Steep Hill
Lincoln, Steep Hill
Lincoln, Steep Hill

This, the steepest section of the old street linking lower and upper parts of the city, remains largely unchanged.

1920s photograph

Lincoln Streets, Steep Hill
Lincoln, Steep Hill
Lincoln, Steep Hill
Lincoln, Steep Hill

Iconic timber framed building is known as The Harlequin.

"Former public house ...

Late C15, altered C19, restored mid C20"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1388778 

Most recently functioned as an antiquarian book shop - building has been refurbished but as of October 2018 is standing empty.

4 January 1993

Lincoln, Steep Hill, Harlequin
Lincoln, Well Lane Pump
Lincoln, Well Lane Pump
Lincoln, Well Lane Pump

This public pump is at the junction of Well Lane and Steep Hill.

May 2013

IA and Bridges, well lane, well