Lincoln’s historic Bailgate finally restored

The Bailgate’s restoration, which began back in December 2009, has finally been completed. The shopping and restaurant area in uphill Lincoln has undergone extensive repair and improvement, costing £1m.

The project was taken on by Historic Lincoln Partnership and named Bailgate Restored. The worn roads and paths have been repaved with a high quality York stone to bring back a historic feel. The Roman well and ancient site of St Paul in the Bail also saw refurbishment.

Councillor Eddy Poll, Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “Bailgate is one of the most important and historic areas in uphill Lincoln, but the street scene had been looking increasingly worn and shabby.

“Bailgate Restored is the result and we are thrilled with the outcome which has enhanced the character of this much-loved area, benefitting tourists, local businesses and residents alike.

“Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter has the greatest concentration of independent specialist retailers in the Midlands with over 150 small shops and we encourage everyone to visit Bailgate to step back in time and experience this wonderful area,” he added.

Historic Lincoln Partnership (HLC) was set up in 2004 after noticing that uphill Lincoln was falling behind as one of the key places for tourists to visit in Lincolnshire, despite the history (the Cathedral and Castle to name a few) surrounding it. They have since funded the upkeep of services around the Cathedral Quarter.

To celebrate the restoration, the public are invited to a street party in the Castle Square on July 17, 4-8pm. Street entertainment and stalls will be there to aid celebration, as well as a disco in the Assembly Rooms from 8pm onwards.

Bailgate changes, 1900-2010.

Source, Insert: Lincolnshire County Council | Photo: Deborah Lee