The landed families and entrepreneurs of Lincoln seemed to have a need to show their wealth and success by building grand houses. Most of the houses lasted for less than 100 years. There are several reasons for this:
- The improved standard of living of the working class caused by improved wages in the factories and foundries, until the mid 19th century most of the jobs for men were on the land, and for women in service, most of these houses had many live-in servants.
- "The flower of British manhood" was decimated during World War One, many of the men who were destined to take over the grand city and country houses were lost.
- Many of the houses were of an age where maintenance costs were spiraling. The introduction of Death Duties in 1894 and increases in income tax in the early 20th century, by 1918 the rate stood at 30%, meant these houses were becoming millstones.
|High Street Lodge, architect William Mortimer|
A parallel route to Boultham Hall was opened in 1883, between Peel Street and Dixon Street with a lodge house at its head.
Lt Colonel Ellison was the last resident of the hall. On his death in 1908 it passed to Richard Todd Ellison who sold the Hall and grounds in 1913 to a Nottingham company. The contents of the Hall were auctioned over 5 days in 1913.
|Boultham Park Lake in 1933|