The Norman House

During the 13th century, most typical urban houses were still built out of highly flammable timber. These stone houses therefore not only represented wealth, but also offered increased security for their occupants.

Typically, these houses would consist of two stories. A lower 'undercroft' was utilised for storage, while the private living and sleeping quarters were situated on the first floor. The ground floor also often featured shop fronts that were rented out to businesses to sell goods.

The 'Jew's House' on The Strait in Lincoln stands as the most well-preserved example of an urban stone dwelling from this era. Similar to York, stone houses in Lincoln have been associated with Jewish ownership.