City of Lincoln Council and Heritage Lincolnshire have secured the necessary funding to bring the iconic 40-42 Michaelgate in Lincoln back to life.
The iconic leaning 40-42 Michaelgate is set to be safeguarded through funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund, Investors in Lincoln and City of Lincoln Council. The works on this project began mid-January and are to be completed in May.
City of Lincoln Council, in partnership with Heritage Lincolnshire, has announced the funding will enable the iconic historic building to realise new potential as holiday accommodation.
Following the announcement of funding from The Architectural Heritage Fund of £350,000 through their Transforming Places Grant Scheme, thorough heritage programme planning work and competitive selection of contractors has taken place in the last year and now the works to repair and re-develop the buildings have begun.
The grade II listed 40-42 Michaelgate falls within Lincoln’s Cathedral & City Centre Conservation Area. 42 Michaelgate is an example of a late eighteenth century house and shop. 40 Michaelgate is a timber framed house dating from the sixteenth century. The building is highly conspicuous within the heart of historic Lincoln. Its ongoing dereliction been a cause for concern for some time and we are delighted that this project can finally safeguard the future of the buildings.
Cllr Naomi Tweddle, Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economic Growth at City of Lincoln Council, said: “40-42 Michaelgate is an important part of Lincoln’s heritage, and we understand the value in maintaining, protecting and restoring this building.
“Securing this funding is fantastic news and will allow us to protect the condition of the property and help us in creating new holiday accommodation to bring the building back into use, securing its future.”
Tracy Stringfellow, Chief Executive Officer at Heritage Lincolnshire added: “Heritage Lincolnshire are so pleased that work to save the iconic Wonky House on Michaelgate is beginning. We have worked hard in partnership with the City of Lincolnshire Council to secure funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund, City of Lincoln Council and Investors in Lincoln and are excited the works have finally started.
“Watch this space for excellent new holiday accommodation coming soon at the top of Steep Hill in this iconic building.”