All the landmarks featuring on the Lincoln edition of the Monopoly game have been unveiled as the board went on sale on Thursday, October 17.
The very first board to roll off the presses has been opened inside the jail at Lincoln Castle by top-hatted games maker Peter Griffin, who was in the city especially for the launch.
Lincoln Cathedral secured the board’s most expensive location, Mayfair, along with Lincoln Castle, which occupies the swish Park Lane site.
The Lincolnite also features on the Lincoln Monopoly board, occupying the first Community Chest slot.
The University of Lincoln, Lincoln College and Lincoln Minster School are on the green properties, while Brown’s Pie Shop and The Showroom are on the brown slots.
Lindum Business Park and Lincolnshire Co-operative are on the red slots, and White Hart Hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton and The Old Palace took the yellow properties.
Steep Hill, the High Street and Waterside Shopping Centre are on the orange properties, while Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln City FC and the Drill Hall are on the pink slots.
Earlier this year the people of Lincoln were invited to vote as to which city property landmarks should be chosen to swap places with the famous London sites and sights.
At the idea of Lincoln MP Karl McCartney, the four transport slots have been replaced in the city edition with the Stonebow, Exchequer Gate, Newport Arch and Pottergate.
Karl McCartney said: “I greatly enjoyed the unveiling of the Lincoln Edition of Monopoly at Lincoln Castle earlier today.
“There were thousands of suggestions from people in Lincoln for what should be on the board and I am so pleased that my idea of changing the four ‘Travel’ squares to the four historic gates of Lincoln was considered and accepted by Mr Monopoly and his brand team! The silhouettes of each of the famous arches look tremendous on the board.”
Andrew Taylor, Chief Executive of the City of Lincoln Council, said: “We always knew Lincoln was a city filled with iconic landmarks and the fact around 2,000 places were nominated for the Monopoly board proves this.
“For Lincoln to have its own version of Monopoly is a testament to our status as an aspiring world-class small city,” he added.
“A perfect fit,” declared Peter Griffin, Monopoly Development Director at Winning Moves – makers of the board under license from Hasbro. “We are extremely excited about it.”
Also appearing on the board is the city centre level crossing, as one of the many customised playing cards (Chance and Community Chest).
The card relating to the notorious crossing says: ‘Not again! You get stuck at the High Street level crossing. Pay M100’ (that’s a fine of one hundred Monopoly dollars).
The Museum of Lincolnshire Life appears in a heritage set along with The Collection and Ellis Mill and the Lincolnshire Sausage.
These three appear in the light blue section of the board – the more modest side of the board. “All three are truly county community attractions,” explained Peter Griffin. “We wanted to reflect their popularity by putting them in a hugely popular part of the board.”
The Lincoln Edition of Monopoly is priced at £24.99 and is available at Ruddocks, Stoke High Bridge Cafe, Lincoln Castle shop and the Visitor Information Centre, as well as Smyths, Toys R Us, Waitrose, WH Smith, The Works, Waterstones and Amazon.
The full laydown of the Lincoln Monopoly board:
- Lincolnshire YMCA
- The Lincolnite
- Browns Pie Shop
- The Stonebow
- The Collection
- Ellis Mill
- Museum of Lincolnshire Life
- Lincoln Drill Hall
- Lincolnshire Sausages
- Lincoln City FC
- Lincolnshire Showground
- Waterside Shopping Centre
- High Street
- Steep Hill
- Lincolnshire Co-operative
- Lincolnshire YMCA
- Lincolnshire Media
- Lindum Business Park
- Newport Arch
- The Old Palace
- DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln
- Stokes of Lincoln
- White Hart Hotel
- Lincoln Minster School
- Lincs FM
- University of Lincoln
- Exchequer Gate
- Lincoln Castle
- Lincoln Cathedral