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Latitude: 53.2222 / 53°13'20"N
Longitude: -0.5439 / 0°32'38"W
OS Eastings: 497312
OS Northings: 370454
OS Grid: SK973704
Mapcode National: GBR FMQ.TL0
Mapcode Global: WHGJ5.M86L
Plus Code: 9C5X6FC4+VC
Entry Name: St Mary's Guildhall
Listing Date: 8 October 1953
Last Amended: 20 December 1999
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1388604
English Heritage Legacy ID: 486049
Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN5
Electoral Ward/Division: Park
Built-Up Area: Lincoln
Traditional County: Lincolnshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire
Church of England Parish: Lincoln St Peter-at-Gowts
Church of England Diocese: Lincoln
SK97SE HIGH STREET
1941-1/2/179 (East side)
08/10/53 St Mary's Guildhall
Formerly known as: John o'Gaunt's Stables HIGH STREET.
Major domestic building, possibly the town house of Henry II,
c1157, incorporating in its foundations part of the C3 Foss
Way. Used as a guildhall 1251-1547, remodelled early C17 as a
school and used in part as maltings, C15 to 1981. South range
1895. Excavated 1981-1986 and restored 1984-86. Now the
offices of the Lincoln Civic Trust and a church hall.
Dressed stone with ashlar dressings and pantile roofs. Single
storey and 2 storeys. C-plan.
EXTERIOR: west range, 5 bays, has shallow buttresses,
chamfered plinth and band with bird and beast masks to the
northern part. Near-central moulded carriageway arch with
segmental pointed inner arch, flanked by single buttresses.
Above it, 2 reset masks. To left, a single light, and to
right, a C20 casement. Above, to left, a bracketed square
louvred opening and to right, two C20 casements.
South gable has C20 fenestration, and above, 2 reset corbels.
North range south side has to left a single storey range, 3
bays, with a doorway flanked to right by 2 unglazed windows
with wooden mullions.
To the right, a 2 storey building, 2 bays, known as the Norman
House, with a shallow central buttress and a moulded first
floor band. To left, a wide mid C20 door and an unglazed
window, formerly mullioned. To the right, a shouldered doorway
and a small window. Above, 2 double round headed windows, that
to the right without its central shaft. To the left, a small
South range, 5 bays, fronting Sibthorp Street, incorporates
several reset C12 fragments.
INTERIOR has in the north-west corner of the west range a
fireplace with joggled lintel, flanked by a blocked window and
a doorway. North-east corner has a restored doorway and a C12
stone spiral stair overlaid by a late C20 stair. North wall
has a window opening. First floor hall has on the west side a
fireplace, flanked to the left by 2 windows and to right by a
single window, all with keeled shafts. North gable has a
blocked double arched opening with central round pier.
Restored C17 single purlin roof. North range interior has
several reset C12 fragments, and east end has a C17 scissor
braced double purlin roof.
HISTORY: St Mary's Guildhall may well be " the only survivor
from the small group of the king's town houses which existed
in several major towns....St Mary's Guildhall is a domestic
complex on a palatial scale, indicating the highest social
status, and as such is representative of a little known urban
building type. " ( Stocker) It was used from 1251 to 1547 as
the headquarters of the Great Guild of St Mary, Lincoln's most
important guild, and began to be used as a maltings during
this time. It was remodelled early in the C17 for the Bluecoat
School, and was subsequently adapted for industrial uses,
Scheduled Ancient Monument, County No.46.
(Buildings of England : Lincolnshire: Pevsner N: Lincolnshire:
London: 1989-: 504-505; The Archaeology of Lincoln: Stocker D
et al: St Mary's Guildhall, Lincoln: Lincoln: 1991-: 91-92).
Listing NGR: SK9731270454
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