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Storied past of Lancaster’s new Square

Market Square in Lancaster, where a plinth centrepiece is planned as part of �1m of investment in the heart of Lancaster city centre.

Market Square in Lancaster, where a plinth centrepiece is planned as part of �1m of investment in the heart of Lancaster city centre.

A historic sculpture celebrating Lancaster’s past will be the centre of a £1m scheme to revamp the city’s shopping heartbeat.

The new piece of artwork called ‘A Record of Lancaster’ will be built in Market Square where the fountain used to be.

It will include a black and white granite timeline telling 10 stories from Lancaster’s history. The top surface will include quotations from Shakespeare’s Richard II and the Lancaster Rose.

Artwork to be used on the sculpture should be finished by July 2014. Lancaster City Council is yet to decide the content of the 10 stories.

Meanwhile work is under way in the city centre on new street surfaces, seating and lighting as part of the Square Routes project.As The Guardian went to press, work had begun to resurface the length of Cheapside with Penny Street and Market Street, and Horseshoe Corner also due to be resurfaced.

The famous ‘horseshoe’ in the ground on Horseshoe Cornerwill be returned to its rightful spot later this year. Lancaster City Council has kept it in storage since it was removed as part of gas works in 2012. Legend has it that the horseshoe marked the site where a shoe was cast by the horse of John of Gaunt, the first Duke of Lancaster, in the 14th century.

 

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