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Steep, Strait and High

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This volume illuminates the development of different building styles in timber, stone and brick over a period of 750 years, in one of the oldest areas of Lincoln. High quality and detailed architectural drawings are accompanied by documentary accounts which explain the historical context, and tell some of the fascinating and tragic stories of the people who lived and worked there from the mid-twelfth century until the First World War, including the medieval Jewish community. Steep Hill is already internationally regarded for the quality of its cultural environment as well as its picturesque architecture, and the Strait and the upper part of the long High Street have a wide range of different architectural styles in their buildings, of considerable interest.

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Volume OC1                           Steep, Strait and High: Ancient Houses of Central Lincoln

Front jacket                            ‘Steep Hill Tophouse (Harlequin) Lincoln’. Watercolour by Karl Wood, 1935. The Collection Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire (Usher Gallery, Lincoln). Reproduced by kind permission of the Benedictines of Pluscarden Abbey.

Rear jacket                              (top) Anonymous watercolour showing 24-25 Steep Hill and the tenements demolished to form Wordsworth Street, c.1880.

                                                (below) Isometric drawing of the entire Harlequin site, 19-22 Steep Hill.

Editors                                    Christopher Johnson and Stanley Jones  

Publication Date                     2016

Size                                         325 x 230mm

Language                               English

Publisher                                 A Lincoln Record Society publication published by the Boydell Press an imprint of Boydell & Brewer Ltd PO Box 9, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DF and of Boydell & Brewer Inc. 668 Mt Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620-2731, USA

                                                Website: www.boydell.com

Designer                                 Simon Loxley

Printed & bound                     Gomer Press, Llandysul.  Not stated in the volume.

This publication is printed on acid-free paper

ISBN                                       978 1 910653 01 2

Content                                   Contents, 1 page

                                                List of Illustrations, 4 pages

                                                Copyright details, 2 pages

                                                Acknowledgements, 1 page

                                                Manuscript Sources, 4 pages

                                                Abbreviations, 2 pages

                                                Select Bibliography, 4 pages

                                                Introduction, 5 pages

Section One: 25 Steep Hill to Chad Varah House, 12 pages

Section Two: 45 Steep Hill to 5 Christ’s Hospital Terrace, 28 pages

Section Three: Hilton Cottages and the Harding Houses, 40-42 Michaelgate, The Harlequin to 17 Steep Hill, 14 pages

Section Four: 16-8 Steep Hill, 22 pages

Section Five: 7-2 Steep Hill including Jews Court, 1 Steep Hill to 10 Strait including the Jew’s House, 27 pages

Section Six: 9-1 Strait, 8 pages

Section Seven: 16-26 Strait, 6 pages

Section Eight: 27-34 Strait including Dernstall House, 266-268 High Street including Cardinal’s Hat, 20 pages

Section Nine: 265-257 High Street, 25 pages

Section Ten: Other historic buildings in the central and lower city including 21 Waterside North The Witch and the Wardrobe,  195 High Street, 352-355 High Street, 12-14 Broadgate, 26 pages

Appendix: The Survey of Ancient Houses in Lincoln 1970-1996, 4 pages

General Index, 13 pages

Additional material on a CD inside the rear cover

Dust jacket blurb                    This volume illuminates the development of different building styles in timber, stone and brick over a period of 750 years, in one of the oldest areas of Lincoln. High quality and detailed architectural drawings are accompanied by documentary accounts which explain the historical context, and tell some of the fascinating and tragic stories of the people who lived and worked there from the mid-twelfth century until the First World War, including the medieval Jewish community. Steep Hill is already internationally regarded for the quality of its cultural environment as well as its picturesque architecture, and the Strait and the upper part of the long High Street have a wide range of different architectural styles in their buildings, of considerable interest.


Steep, Strait and High forms the final volume in a series of architectural and historical surveys of the historic buildings of Lincoln, based on forty-five years of research, originally undertaken by the Survey of Ancient Houses, sponsored by the Lincoln Civic Trust, and now continued in the work of the Survey of Lincoln.

Christopher Johnson, Chair of the Survey of Lincoln, was an archivist and latterly service manager at Lincolnshire Archives prior to becoming Information and Records Manager at Lincolnshire County Council; Stanley Jones was a lecturer at Sheffield College of Art, and has been deeply involved in the Survey of Ancient Houses in Lincoln.

Postal Address: Lincoln Record Society, Lincoln Cathedral Library, Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX

General enquiries email: secretary@lincoln-record-society.org.uk

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