Getting to the Route of things

I’ve found it difficult to think of a route off the top of my head when thinking about our audio. I believe that with our audio a simple route was needed so that the audience could appreciate what they were listening to and not have to concentrate on holding maps or working out where they are. I also thought that with a simple route it would mean that the audience would be able to appreciate their surroundings more as they could look in each direction and see how the audio fits with what they were walking past, this is why I decided to look at Newport Arch, I felt that it was quite a distance from the Cathedral that it would be a nice walk for people to take but also had interesting buildings and places to look at on the way back along towards the Cathedral. I also felt that the different shops and pubs along the way would fit in well with the sounds that we have within our audio.

I began to look into the history of the area specifically looking at Newport Arch, I was interested to find that it is the most famous Roman remain in Lincoln as well as the best preserved. The gateway straddles Bailgate at the northern extremity of the old Roman city; this is where the old Roman Ermine Street struck north towards York.

Dates are found to the stat of the 2nd Century AD, the arch was mainly made to act as a main gateway for transportation and to create the main road to pass through north to York, however it is still used today and from what is known, it is the only Roman arch still in use for daily transportation. However the arch that we in fact see today is merely the upper section of the inner arch as the outer section was destroyed in the 17th century. In 1964 the Arch also found itself victim to an accident as a tall lorry passed through it without realising the restriction and as the lorry became stuck under the central arch bits of the archway began to become dislodged where they had stood for over 1800 years. Over the years this got built back up and therefore was able to still be used however the restriction is made apparent to make sure such an incident does not occur again.

I then began to look at Exchequer Gate and the history behind it as I thought it would be quite interesting starting at a gateway then ending by passing through another gateway to get to the final destination. Exchequer Gate was where tenants who had rented properties from the Church would meet to pay their rent. Built in the 14th century it acted as the main ceremonial access to the Cathedral.

The path from Newport Arch to Exchequer Gate is a simple walk where audience members can take in each site around them and their will be a confidence that they will not get lost as even if they are unaware of the exact places in which I am saying, I can easily explain where to go through a means of places on the way as well as following the path down or walking towards the Cathedral so automatically the worry about finding the end point goes and therefore the audience can fully interact with the audio.

Britain Express (1996) Newport Arch, Lincoln. [online] Available from http://www.britainexpress.com/about_Britain_Express.htm [Accessed 12 April 2015]

Collins, R. (2012) Exchequer Gate in Lincoln – an Illustrated History. [online] Available from: http://www.rodcollins.com/wordpress/exchequer-gate-in-lincoln-an-illustrated-history/ [Accessed 12 May 2015]

Britain Express (1996) Exchequer Gate, Lincoln. [online] Available from http://www.britainexpress.com/counties/lincs/properties/Exchequer-Gate.htm [Accessed 12 May 2015]

 

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