Where is Posterngate in Lincoln?
Written by Ed Wellman on 7th March 2014
Siren FM’s Sebastian Edgington-Cole has been digging into some hidden local history.
Fifteen feet beneath the hustle and bustle of everyday Lincoln lies a hidden vault – and a gateway to the city’s long-forgotten past.
Once a busy entrance to the ancient Roman city, Posterngate is now separated from view by an unassuming door, fifteen feet of earth and 1,500 years of history.
But descend a short flight of stairs and you’ll be treading in the footsteps of the city’s founders.
Built around 100 years before the ancient empire left Britain, the 4th century gateway lay undisturbed until 1973.
Merchants and traders would have used it for easy access to the River Witham, which in Roman times was lapping close to the wall.
It would have been a hectic waterway; a major shipping lane to the inland port that’s today called Brayford Pool.
And with the city at the crossroads of Roman Britain’s major highways, Posterngate would have been at the economic heart of Lincoln.
Now, to help protect the rare find, Posterngate is open just a few times a year. But when it is, the site offers visitors a unique glimpse into ancient city life.
New for 2014
Roman waterside living is brought vividly to life through a realistic new display. For the first time, you’ll be able to visualise what Roman life could have been like along the stretch of the River Witham, which would have flowed right by Posterngate.
As well as this, you’ll also find new exhibits showcasing the fascinating artefacts that have been uncovered at the site and a model depicting what the gate would’ve looked like.
Opening dates for 2014
Friday 7 March, 10am until 4pm: half-hour tours at £1 each.
Friday 13 June, 10am until 4pm: half-hour tours at £1 each.
Friday 5 September, 10am until 4pm: half-hour tours at £1 each.