Mystery: What’s happening to Lincoln’s Harlequin Gallery book store?

Lincoln’s iconic Harlequin Gallery store has had scaffolding around the building for almost three weeks, however the future of the rare and second hand book store is a mystery.

The store was one of two remaining second hand book shops on Steep Hill, however signage has been removed and the building emptied of its usual towers of literature.

Photo: Guy Owen for The Lincolnite

Jews Court Bookshop is now the only second hand book shop on Steep Hill, where a few years ago there were three.

Debbie Probert, 55, of Debutante Boutique, which is across the road from the Harlequin store, told The Lincolnite: “The scaffolding has been up for around three weeks and builders were banging around the other day.

“I hope it’s something exciting and I’ve heard rumours that heritage people could be taking it over.”

Photo: Guy Owen for The Lincolnite

The Lincolnite has since been in contact with Lincolnshire Heritage, Lincoln BIG and the City of Lincoln Council, however all are unaware of the potential plans for the building.