New film uncovers colourful history of Lincoln Stonebow

A film looking back over nearly 500 years of Lincoln history has uncovered tales of Mayor making, colourful events, ancient characters and proud heritage.

Lincoln’s Stonebow and Guildhall – the Inside Story weaves centuries of civic stories into a featured 1 hour documentary by film-maker Andrew Blow and his company Blow by Blow Productions.

Many fascinating characters associated with the Stonebow and Guildhall are woven into the documentary – from top judge Lord Denning to Thomas Scrope, who stormed the building in 1761, and Mrs Amy Beechey, who lost five sons in WW1

The DVD sees the 807th year of the Mayoralty begin with the annual Mayor Making ceremony. It follows the Civic Party into the community and sees the highlight of the previous Civic Year when the Olympic flame was taken through Lincoln.

The Chief Executive of the City of Lincoln Council, Andrew Taylor, talks about two of his historic predecessors and their amazingly long service.

The documentary ventures to the 18th century dungeon, and up to the 19th century clock workings. Civic treasures such as valuable paintings, the Mace and King Richard’s sword are featured.

The programme can be streamed online for £2.99 or downloaded for £10.00 via the video player below. A DVD version is also available at Lincoln booksellers and online, retailing at £10.

The film production has been welcomed by the current Mayor, Councillor Patrick Vaughan, who said: “Lincoln’s Stonebow and Guildhall is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

“The programme highlights the diverse uses associated with the building over the centuries and provides a fascinating insight into its history.

“It is particularly special to me that this production took place during my year in office and I look forward to viewing my copy on Christmas morning!”

Film-maker Andrew Blow wrote, filmed edited and narrated the production. He said: “Planning the Stonebow and Guildhall documentary began late last year when I was approached by some friends of the Guildhall.

“The film was edited with some help from my colleague Lee Pearman.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed it – the place is full of character and there are so many stories associated with it, so many colourful events have happened there.

“It’s a jaw-dropping fact that there has been a mayor in our city for 807 consecutive years – only two cities in the UK can boast a longer mayoralty.

“The civic treasures like King Richard’s sword and the stories associated with them are fascinating.

“I’m convinced that it should be a more prominent attraction to add to Lincoln’s offer and hopefully the documentary will help spread the word  as well as helping the mayor’s charity which combats Motor Neurone disease.”