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Brayford Architecture Trail

About the Brayford Architecture Trail

A complete circuit of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool to see how architecture shows the change of use of the past centuries.

The geographic features of the Brayford Pool are referred to as a confluence - a junction where two rivers, in this case, the Fossdyke Canal and the River Witham, merge together. This acts as a metaphor for the varied histories and usage of the architecture that now share the waterfront space.

Many different narratives are apparent in this area of the city and this trail presents this dynamic situation with 12 buildings that reference the medieval, Victorian, industrial, modern and postmodern periods of architectural history, displaying the Brayford as an important centre of Lincoln that is in constant flux.

Thanks to students from the University of Lincoln School of Architecture for the creation of this trail.

City of Lincoln, High Street
High Bridge

Lincoln's High Bridge is the oldest bridge in the United Kingdom which still has buildings on it, dating back to 1160AD.


Brayford Waterfront
Old Gilbert Blades Solicitors

A former brush factory thought to date back to the 18th century with a notable feature of the exterior iron spiral fire escape. The building has a period style street lamp attached to the north west corner of the building.


City of Lincoln, Brayford Waterfront
Royal William IV

Enjoy traditional, British pub food and relax with a drink on the waterfront at the oldest building on the Brayford Waterfront.


City of Lincoln, Brayford Waterfront
ODEON Lincoln

Situated on the Brayford Waterfront, the ODEON complex includes a cinema, Costa Coffee and Ben and Jerry's ice-cream shop and is adjacent to the Lucy Tower multi-story car park.


City of Lincoln, Brayford Waterfront
Wagamama

Located on the scenic Lincoln Brayford, raised above the water on stilts, Wagamama is the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat with a view.



Lucy Tower Car Park

Multistorey car park, built in 1973 for Lincoln City Council by local architect Sam Scorer.


City of Lincoln, Brayford Waterfront
Prezzo

Prezzo's amazing waterside location means that guests can enjoy a great view of the marina either from the stunning upstairs tower or when dining al fresco on the waterfront terrace.


City of Lincoln, Brayford Waterfront
Harvester Salad and Grill

Located on the Brayford Waterfront offering fresh food, full of flavour, from breakfast to dinner.


City of Lincoln, Brayford Waterfront
Doubletree by Hilton Lincoln Hotel


Brayford Waterfront
Railways Signal Box

An old Railway signal box built in 1874, soon extended the following year, to control the electric railway crossing gates over the main street.


City of Lincoln, Brayford Waterfront
The Engine Shed

The region's largest live music and entertainment facility, housed in a renovated engine shed and serving Lincoln with live international band performances, comedy gigs and weekly student club nights and events.


City of Lincoln, Brayford Waterfront
University of Lincoln Library

A modern university library found in a converted railway goods warehouse.


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