St Paul in the Bail

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On Westgate, this was the site of the first church in Lincoln and was built in the Roman Colonia on top of the hill. Built of timber no remains are left. It was replaced by a stone church and the foundations of this 3-6thC church are marked in the ground by stone sets. It had a rectangular nave with round apse at the east end.

In medieval times, it was one of 50 churches in the city. The church was extended several times as the congregation grew. It suffered a serious collapse in 1301 and had to be rebuilt. It was in need of repair again in the 18thC and a small Georgian church was built on the site at the cost of £54-10s. This was pulled down in 1877 to make way for a larger church as the population of the parish was increasing rapidly.

It was declared redundant in 1971 and was pulled down. The parish was amalgamated with that of nearby St Mary Magdalene. A sad end to one of the earliest churches in Britain. There isn’t a lot to be seen, so this is really one for the history buff.

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