Bid to support Steep Hill as best UK street

People in Lincoln are asked to support the city’s bid for Steep Hill to be named as the best street in Britain by getting behind their cameras.

The street has been shortlisted by The Academy of Urbanism as one of the top in the UK, alongside Byres Road in Glasgow and Cockburn Street in Edinburgh.

It has now been revealed that inspectors from the academy will visit the city on August 10 to decide whether Steep Hill deserves the Great Street Award.

The winner of the award will be announced at a London ceremony on November 11.

Hosts at the City of Lincoln Council and Lincoln BIG are hoping to wow the judges with a photographic display of Steep Hill through the ages, with the help of the city’s residents and visitors.

The council has delved into its own archives to dig out historic images of life on Steep Hill, which have been uploaded to the photo sharing website Flickr.

More photo submissions are accepted before the deadline on Monday, August 8, which can be emailed to the City Council, or sent by post to City Hall.

They will be compiled to show to the judges, and also displayed on the council’s Flickr page.

In praise of Steep Hill

City Councillor Neil Murray said: “Walking up and down Steep Hill is a truly unique experience – one that makes people laugh, grumble, ache, and evokes curiosity and intrigue.

“As soon as you enter The Strait, it’s like going into another world, steeped in history and bursting with character.

“We’re looking for pictures of Steep Hill that show people’s different experiences of it. We believe Steep Hill really is deserving of the Greet Street Award.”

Matt Corrigan, Chief Executive of Lincoln BIG, said: “The area is home to some great independent retailers who spend a great deal of time and effort making sure that Steep Hill and the Strait are a really special place.

“It is the traders that really give the area its unique feel, and Lincoln BIG will be working with them and the City of Lincoln Council to make sure that the area is looking at its best, and stands the best possible chance of winning.”

Emma Tatlow of the Visit Lincoln Partnership said: “Steep Hill is certainly one of the finest jewels in Lincoln’s crown.

“Visitors to Lincoln are always amazed and delighted by the experience of walking up and down this street.”

Source: City of Lincoln Council