Lincoln Guildhall Historical Building
City of Lincoln Council Lincoln Guildhall Saltergate Lincoln, , , LN2 1DH
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer on a school trip
The Lincoln Guildhall allows people to take a step back in time when viewing this historic and political building, which still hosts the City of Lincoln Council's Full Council meetings and is the Mayor of Lincoln's official home.
When visiting the Guildhall, you will learn about:
The Stonebow is situated on the site of the southern gateway to the Roman town of Lindum Colonia now the City of Lincoln. A gateway has stood here for 1800 years although the present building was not completed until 1520.
The Guildhall is the official home of the Mayor and occupies the whole of the second floor of the Stonebow and with access via the large oak door in the East Wing of the building which is of 15th and 16th Century date. On the second floor, you can view the Council's Chamber, Inner Chamber, Robing Room and the Mayor's Parlour.
The Insignia Room which was previously the old debtors? prison is located in the Guildhall.
The City's fine collection includes the Royal Sword which presented by Richard II and is still carried in front of the Mayor on ceremonial occasions together with the Mayor's Mace which was presented by Charles I.
The chains of office are on display and five of the six are still worn today. The Mayor's old chain dates back to1849 but was taken out of use in 1960. The Sheriff's Chains dates back to 1887 and is still worn today.
Many Royal Charters have been granted. The oldest being granted by King Henry II circa 1157 with the latest in 1974 by Queen Elizabeth II.
OTHER ITEMS include racing cups, models of the tank and aircraft, Mayor's thumb ring, Royal swords, civic banqueting plate and much more.
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lincoln dates back to 1206 although the role of Mayor has changed significantly since then. The Mayor is a local ward Councillor and is chosen by seniority and is in office for one year commencing in May.
The City Sheriff's office in Lincoln dates back to 1409 are one of only fourteen cities that still has a Sheriff. The person who holds this position does not have to be a Councillor and is chosen by the Mayor.
(All the above positions are now of a ceremonial nature.)