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Written by on 4th March 2016

The Posterngate is 15 feet below Lincoln High Street. Photo: Richard Croft

The Posterngate is 15 feet below Lincoln High Street. Photo: Richard Croft

A 15 hundred year old Roman structure just meters below Lincoln’s busy high street will be unveiled for tours next week.

The Collection is hosting tours at the Roman Posterngate on Friday March 11, from ten o-clock.

Hidden beneath the Royal Bank of Scotland, the monument is only open a few times of a year, so this is a rare chance to see some of Lincoln’s heritage.

Dr Erik Grigg, collections access officer at Lincolnshire County Council organises the tours, he said: “You can have a wander around and see the Roman remains under there, as well there’s a diorama with models to show what the port might have looked like.”

The 4th century gateway had been left undisturbed for hundreds of thousands of years until it was discovered in 1973. The Romans arrived in Lincoln between AD50-60, and changed they layout of Lincoln forever.

“Apart from the remains of one hut, there’s not much signs of life in Lincoln before the Romans. It became a city because of the Romans.

“And immediately at the end of Roman rule it stopped being a city. But, because the walls were there and because it was cited on such a great site, it attracted settlement so if it wasn’t for the Romans there wouldn’t be a Lincoln,” said Dr Grigg.

The tours will run on a half hourly basis from ten o-clock on Friday, costing £1 and free for under 16s.

For any more information contact The Collection on 01522 782040 or visiting their website The Collection Museum