For the first time in 40 years, Lincoln Cathedral’s newly landscaped Dean’s Green has today opened to the public.
As part of a National Lottery-funded project, the Old Deanery and the surrounding Dean’s Green have been renovated after being fenced off for over four decades, and the view of the north-side of the cathedral is now visible.
The Old Deanery is known by many as Lincoln Minster School and the surrounding Dean’s Green as the playground.
The area now showcases new lawns, flower beds, seating and a water fountain.
In addition, visitors can get close to the Wren Library doorway and Dean’s entrance to the cathedral which are both within the Dean’s Green.
The space offers custom-made solid oak seating, an intricate stone statue and stone and bronze fountain with a hidden Lord Tennyson poem.
In the future, there are hopes to use the space for outside events.
The lottery-funded scheme aims to improve the cathedral’s setting and visitor experience – offering more accessible, engaging and peaceful spaces, for a greater number of worshippers and visitors to enjoy.
The project will bring social and economic benefits to the cathedral and city of Lincoln.
Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln, said, “Lincoln Cathedral has always been a place of worship, hospitality and welcome, it is wonderful that we can now welcome visitors to the Dean’s Green which has been inaccessible for so long.
“Following landscaping works, the area looks truly beautiful and is a calming and serene place to be.
“Whether it’s during a lunchbreak from the office or simply spending time with family or friends, it’s the ideal spot for relaxing and enjoying being close to the Cathedral.
“The works to the Old Deanery Visitor Centre and the surrounding Dean’s Green are a significant and important milestone in the Cathedral’s history and it’s enabling us to protect, restore and open up new areas of the Cathedral for all to enjoy.”
The space will see the Old Deanery open as a new state of the art visitor centre which is set to open in summer 2021, and will offer a social space with inside and outside seating, toilets, community rooms, exhibition and learning spaces.
It will also run a varied program of education and interpretation activities for schools, as well as family-friendly events.
The Dean’s Green, which is accessed from Minster Yard, is open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm.