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Cathedral Quarter

The Strait

The Strait

The gateway between Lincoln's busy High Street and the famous Steep Hill - rich in history and lined by unique restaurants and shops.

The Strait is famous for its eclectic mix of independent businesses - traditional sweet shops, fashion boutiques, American smoke houses, and more.

Jew's House on The Strait dates back to the 12th century and the elaborate doorway and windows still remain. Today the house is occupied by an award-winning, fine-dining restaurant offering a unique culinary experience and an independent beauty salon.

Next to this is Jew's Court, dating to the 17th century and built on what is thought to be a Jewish synagogue. This is home to the Society of Lincolnshire History and Archaeology (SLHA) and their local history book shop.

The Strait Arch

The Strait ArchAn arch welcomes visitors to The Strait which is designed to remember the area's history:

  • The Roman amphorae depicts the area's Roman heritage and the fish markets held in the area.
  • Lincoln Castle, built in 1068, can be found at the top of the hill leading from The Strait.
  • The Star of David signifies the prominence of Jews in Lincoln's history - including the financing of the Bishops' Palace and, possibly, Lincoln Cathedral itself.
  • The Lincoln Imp: a legendary figure found in Lincoln Cathedral.
  • The cross, linked to Lincoln Cathedral which stands tall over the street.
  • A museum drawing attention to The Collection and the Usher Gallery nearby to The Strait.
  • The hare and the goose represent the skin and poultry markets which were held here in Medieval times.

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