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Postcard celebrates the history of Lincoln's Steep Hill

By AlexColman  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

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Secrets of Steep Hill are being shared on a colourful postcard that tells the story of the 2,000-year-old route which links Lincoln city centre with the Bailgate area.

Interesting facts include that in the 1700s a curfew was in place on Steep Hill restricting access, in Roman times the road would have been wide enough for ten soldiers to march and that its original name was Poultry Hill in reference to the Medieval markets.

The postcard was commissioned by Lincoln Business Improvement Group in order to celebrate Steep Hill being crowned Britain's Greatest Street 2012.

It was created by Wellingore-based illustrator and graphic novelist, Nicola Streeten and uses a comic style to portray what's so special about the street.

Illustrator Nicola Streeten said: “The postcard is typical of my work, in that it uses images and text in a comic style in order to communicate. I worked closely with one of the Visit Lincoln guides in researching this project."

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “The fact that Lincoln is officially home to Britain’s Greatest Street is something which we proudly continue to celebrate.

“It is one of the historical areas which helps to make Lincoln unique and so attractive and we want as many people as possible to visit, take a closer look at the historic buildings, pop into the niche shops and simply enjoy its special ambience.”

Businesses based on Steep Hill have been supplied with stocks of the postcards and posters to put in their windows.

Local residents and tourists can also buy the postcards from the city’s Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill.

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