Latest Booklet: Shops & Shopping


The Survey of Lincoln has published a second booklet in its Thematic Series:

Shops and Shopping in Lincoln: A History



Available from:
  • Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology, Jews Court Bookshop
  • Lindum Books, Bailgate, Lincoln
  • KayBooks Online
  • Lincs Family History Society, Monks Way, Lincoln
  • Lincolnshire Co-op, Sincil Street branch
  • Waterstones, High Street Lincoln
  • Waterstones, Cornhill, Lincoln
and direct from
  • The Survey of Lincoln (solsecretary@gmail.com)


Shops and Shopping in Lincoln: 
A History 

This edited collection, produced by The Survey of Lincoln, places under the spotligh
t the history of the city’s shops and retailing more generally. The volume ranges across time from an exploration of shops and traders in Roman Lincoln, and the city’s medieval markets and fairs to a consideration of Lincoln’s changing High Street through the twentieth century and scrutiny of retailing in the contemporary city. It plots transformations in retail fashions in terms of architectural and shop design through to the types of goods that shoppers in Lincoln have sought out on their shopping trips.

At a time when many familiar names on the High Street seem to be under threat this volume examines both how changes in retailing have been a recurring feature in the last three centuries or so, and the reasons why some retailers have survived and thrived. 
The multi-authored collection includes chapters on the following: 
  • shops and traders in Roman Lincoln
  • medieval fairs and markets
  • the development of the shop front though time
  • shops in the nineteenth century
  • Mawer and Collingham
  • Bainbridges
  • A.W. Curtis & Sons
  • corner shops through time
  • the new Market, Cornhill
  • chain stores in the early twentieth century
  • Co-operative House
  • unrealised shopping development plans
  • retail and the rise of the visitor economy in the contemporary city.

ISBN 978-0-9931263-4-5.  £7.50