Lincoln Castle revamp: The story behind the stone

The stonemasonry and archaeology team working on the ancient walls of Lincoln Castle have given insight into the major restoration project.

The 23 masons, more than two thirds of which are local, are now working on phase two of the revamp project, which sees improvements to the east gate to Cobb Hall.

All the stones in the work are either reused, or if unsuitable, broken down and reused in new blocks, or cut down and used as a smaller block in a smaller area.

The team from Robert Woodhead Heritage have been contracted by Lincolnshire County Council to work on the walls, which in many places have been described as in a “critical” condition.

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Archaeologists are looking inside the coffin (seen from the side) using remote cameras. Photo: Lincolnshire County Council

Archaeologists are looking inside the coffin (seen from the side) using remote cameras. Photo: Lincolnshire County Council

Meanwhile, the team of archaeologists at Lincoln Castle will begin to dig up a stone coffin this week, believed to be the body of someone significant.

The sarcophagus is believed to be from around 900AD, and thought to be “someone very important”, like a bishop or Saxon king.