The Stonebow and the Guildhall
By the mid 1880s, the building had become so unsafe that council meetings in 1885 and 1886 had to be held in the Sessions House at the bottom of Lindum Road. It was again suggested that the Stonebow should be pulled down and re-erected in a less crowded place but instead it was decided that the building would be renovated.
John Loughborough Pearson, R.A., the Gothic Revival architect, was employed by the council to advise on the restoration. His designs included metal bracing rods from north to south to stabilise the structure and on the west side an additional arched footway to relieve the frequently congested pedestrian traffic. The works were completed in 1887 at a cost of about £1,000
There are two statues and a coat of arms on the south side of the Stonebow:
Today we can still view this impressive and almost unique building that has straddled Lincoln's High Street for almost 500 years.
The Guildhall above the Stonebow is open to visitors most Fridays and Saturdays: there you can see the Council Chamber, with much of its original fittings and, in the old debtors prison, view the Civic Insignia, including Charles I Mayor’s Mace and Richard II's Royal Sword.