How did Lincoln's streets get their names?
A selection of Lincoln's streets with a description of where their names came from. With exception of "Historic Streets" this covers the period from about 1830 to 1930. Some of the streets have been lost, indicated with an asterisk (*)
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1872 Lincoln Street Directory
1872 Lincoln Street Directory
Bank Street, Location of the first Lincoln savings bank., which opened in 1816.
Corporation Lane, Here was the Corporation brewhouse.
*Napoleon Place, Location of the first Lincoln Co-operative Society store.
Tanners’ Lane, The lane of the tanners
*Witham Street, Fish Market opened here in 1850
Bullring Terrace, Bull-baiting took place here until the early 19th century. Now Danes Terrace
Drury Lane, Home of Lincoln's first theatre
The Park, Site of Besom Park (pleasure garden) 18th c
Baggeholme Road, Prev Baggeholme Lane. From medieval Beggarsholme, a market covering a large part of eastern Lincoln north of the river
Bailgate, name from the bailey of the castle. One of the oldest streets in Lincoln, roughly follows the route of the Roman Ermine Street.
Beaumont Fee, Prev Old Hungate. Beaumont Fee was a self-governing area of Lincoln until the 1830s
Broadgate, Previously: Broad St. Built 15th/16th century to relieve crowded streets of Lincoln. Built on Roman Ditch
Butchery Street, Prev St Lawrence Lane. The Butchery was a market for butchers which stood where the Ye Olde Crown is. Now Clasketgate.
Clasketgate, Claxlet Gate (1326). Knights’ Templars were held in the Claxlet gatehouse that fronted onto Broadgate, awaiting trial after the dissolution of their order.
Cornhill, On site of St Johns Churchyard. Corn market here since 16th century.
Coultham Street, Existed since 1698 Coltham, a Lincolnshire Family
*Coultham Terrace, Coltham, a Lincolnshire Family
Croft Street, Built on St Hughs Croft. previously Croft Lane
Cross O' Cliff Hill, The Cross On the Hill, Cross was once at the top of the South Common where civic dignitaries would greet royal visitors before leading them into Lincoln.
Drapery, The, Where cloth was made, prev known as the Parmentaria, now St Martins Lane
East Bight, Probably dates back to Romans, prev Tom a Bit Lane, Tommabeck Lane
Friars Lane, Near site of Dominican priory.
Grantham Street, Previously Grantham Lane and Brauncegate. The Grantham family's house was near or at the Cardinal's Hat
Guildhall Street, Previously Baxtergate (the street of the bakers), Newland Street
High Street, previously Briggate and Micklegate
Hungate, "The street of the dogs (hounds)". It is thought hunting dogs were kennelled here
Long Leys Road, "Long strips of meadow"
Lucy Tower Street, Previously Poor Alley. Name refers to the castle tower visible from the street
Michaelgate, Near St Michael on the Mount Church, prev medieval Parchemingate (The Parchment makers.) and later Fish Hill (the fish market was in the grounds of the old County Hospital)
Mint Lane, Mint Lane joined the High Street until renamed Mint Street and extended to Newland
Mint Street, It is believed the Lincoln Mint was on this street
Motherby Hill, Previously Motherby Footgate
Nettleham Road, Ancient road known as Nettelhamgate in 12th/13th centuries
Newland, Land reclaimed c 14th century
Newport, Citizens dispossessed by the building of the castle were moved to this area in the 11th century. Roman Hermin or Ermine Street
Pottergate, "The street of the potters", prior to the building of New Road, Pottergate led from Clasketgate
Rampart, The, A raised causeway from St Mary’s Street to Bargate, first built by the Romans to cross the low-lying marshland.
Rasen Lane, named after the family of that name, possibly the ancient Sextongate
Rosemary Lane, Previously Lime Lane and possibly Finkle Street
Saltergate, "The street of the salters". Known as Saltergate in the 13th century
Stamp End, "The place by the weir or dam". Medieval road
Steep Hill, Follows route of Ermine Street, steepest part was previous Poultry Hill
Strait, "The narrow path or passage."
St Leonards Lane, Existed since 14th C, St Leonard’s Church was on the site of the school
Tentercroft Street, A place where new cloth was tented (stretched)
Unity Square, Previously Pig Market and Jobbers Square
Water Lane, Previously Walkergate
Westgate, Previously St Paul’s Lane. St Paul’s Lane is now just the part that runs parallel with Bailgate
West Parade, Previously Clay Lane, Wong Lane
Winnowsty Lane, Previously Wainewell St. 13th century, renamed Swine Sty Lane, early 19th c.
Royal & Peerage
Alexandra Terrace, Queen Alexandra wife of Edward VII
Arthur Street, Prince Arthur, son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
*Baron Street, *Barton Street, Bentinck Street, *Clumber Street, *Duke Street, *Earl Street, Welbeck Street, Dukes of Portland - Bentinck family. Land previously owned by the Bentincks.
*Eleanor Street, *Eleanor Terrace, Queen Eleanor, first wife of Edward I, died at Harby in 1290. Her viscera was removed and she was embalmed at the nearby St Katherine’s Priory.
Gaunt Street, John O' Gaunt's "Palace" was nearby
Allison Road, (now Sewell Road) and Allison Street, John Allison, Lincoln merchant
Ashlin Grove, Peter Ashlin, evangelist.
Beevor Street, Elizabeth Beevor, wife of Rev C C Ellison
Cannon Street, Bernard Cannon, Glue manufacturer and Mayor in 1880, Alderman. Lived in Lincoln for many years but born in Dublin.
Carline Road, Richard Carline. Solicitor and Mayor 1847
Chaplin Street, Built on land owned by Henry Chaplin
Charlesworth Street, Dr Edward Charlesworth, Lincoln Lunatic Asylum
Coulson Road, William Coulson, president of Lincoln Co-operative Society 1887 & 1892
Curle Avenue, Muriel Curle wife of Joseph Seward Ruston
Ellison Street, The family of canal and river lessees, and bankers. Lived at Boultham Hall
*Fenton Place East & West, The Fenton family, James Fenton
Foster Street, William Foster, Miller & Engineer, the company he founded later designed and built the first operational military tank.
Garmston Street, Elizabeth Garmston d.1798 left a sum of money for the poor or St Martin's parish.
Gibbeson Street, Richard Gibbeson, Mayor of Lincoln 1794
Gresham Street, William Gresham, Lincoln Sheriff, died 1857
Hartley Street, George & Joseph Hartley, presidents of Lincoln Co-operative Society 1872 and 1878, houses built by the Co Op.
Hermit Street, Henry Chaplin's 1867 Derby winner, Chaplin stabled horses nearby
Hewson Road, William Hewson, president of Lincoln Co-operative Society 1897 & 1905
Hood Street, The Hood family of Nettleham Hall
Horton Street, S & R Horton builders
James Street, previously Vinegar Lane, renamed by Col James Bromhead who lived in Burgersh Chantry.
King Street, Named after William King, his house stood on the site of King Street in 1861.
McInnes Street, Duncan McInnes, secretary of Lincoln Co-operative Society 1882-1903
Melville Street, Leslie-Melville family of Branston
Monson Street, Monson family of Burton by Lincoln
Nelthorpe Street, Nelthorp family (no 'e' at the end of the surname)
Robey Street, Robert Robey of Robey & Co
Rudgard Lane, Lincoln Brewers and Maltsters, Corporation Aldermen.
Salthouse Lane, Samuel Salt, shoeing smith, "The house of the Salt family", not referring to the condiment.
Scorer Street, William Scorer, architect and uncle to Sam.
Sewells Road, Matthew Sewell, mayor of Lincoln in 1814, Previously Allison Road
Sewells Walk, Matthew Sewell, mayor of Lincoln in 1814
Sibthorp Street, The Sibthorp family of Canwick
Tempest Street, The Tempest Family of Coleby.
Trollope Street, Arthur Trollope, Capt Comdt 1st Lincs Volntrs
Winn Street, Thomas Winn, mayor 1830, d 1855
Wordsworth Street, Christopher Wordsworth, Bishop of Lincoln (1869-1885)
*Beresford Street, William Beresford, Peninsular War General
Blenheim Road, Battle of Blenheim 1704
Bunkers Hill, American Independence Battle of 1775 near Boston USA. Named long before the houses were built.
*Clinton Street, British general during American War of Independence
Colenso Terrace, Battle of the Second Boer War, Lincolnshire Regiment 1899
Depot Street, Military depot nearby, built in 1806 during the Napoleonic wars, contained 6000 arms and guarded by disabled men of the the Royal Artillery. Later part of Dawbers brewery. Demolished early 20th C.
*Hardinge Street, British General Napoleonic Wars
*Picton Street, British Lieutenant-General died at Battle of Waterloo
*Raglan Street, Lord Raglan, British Field Marshall at the Peninsular War, 100 Days War and Crimean War.
Anchor Street, Next to Anchor public house, previously the Blue Anchor p.h.
Magpies Square, Named after the Magpies public house
Shakespeare St, Opposite the Shakespeare public house.
Swan Street, Previously White Swan Yard
Boultham Avenue, Previously private road to Boultham Hall
Cranwell Street, Cranwell House was nearby on High Street.
Freeschool Lane, Free School established at Greyfriars by Robert Monson in 1568. Road name dates from 1833
Great Northern Terrace, Great Northern Railway. Land between Gt Northern Terrace and Pelham Street previously owned by Francis Edmund Franklin
Lindum Road, Formerly New Road built in 1786, renamed by the Lighting and Paving Commissioners in 1831
Lindum Terrace, Previously Hill Top Road, probably the medieval Wintergate
Longdales Road, Long Dales is a very old name, the road is much more recent. 1872 a few houses built but most were built in the inter-war years
Mill Lane, Leading to Le Talls Mill on Princess Street
Mill Road, Five of the nine Lincoln Edge windmills were sited here
Milman Road, Previously Love Lane
Monks Road, Previously Monks Lane
*Nix Row, Probably built by Edward Nix, Stonemason, lived at 21 Newport in 1851
St Catherine's Grove, Built by Lincoln Co-operative Society