Eastgate Character Area (view detailed map) is a residential area located immediately outside of the former east gate of the upper Roman and Medieval city. The area has a complex townscape influenced by the full spectrum of the city’s evolution since its foundation in the Roman Military Period.

The area has a loose grid pattern of Roman and Medieval streets that converge on the former east gate of the Roman and Medieval cities. The funnelling of streets reflects the shape of a former High Medieval market in the area. Roads are well connected to the east and west carrying high volumes of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, retaining its historic status as one of the main entrances to the city. However, there is poor connectivity to the south and north as result of the strong boundary formed by the High Medieval Close Wall and plots of large-scale houses respectively.

Eastgate Character Area lies on the eastern side of Lincoln’s historic city centre, north east of the ecclesiastical core of the upper city. Alongside many features surviving from Lincoln’s Roman history, the townscape of the area includes many elements associated with the city’s growth and re-organisation during the High Medieval Era [850-1350 AD].

Upper parts of the northern escarpment have had a defensive role since the founding of Lincoln during the Roman Military Era [60-90 AD], when a Roman legionary fortress was constructed. The remains of the Roman Colonia Era east gate to the former defensive enclosure survive immediately west of the Character Area on the north side of Eastgate. Langworthgate and Greetwellgate, which converge from the east to form Eastgate, are all likely to date from the Roman period, and would have been important in establishing Lincoln as a market and administrative centre during the Roman and subsequent Medieval periods.
To find out more, search the menu on the left.
Funnelled views towards the city centre from the east end of Eastgate, crowned by the Cathedral towers

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.23566, -0.53037)
Character Area Type: Residential
Location: City centre
Predominant Period: Early Industrial (1750 to 1845 AD)
Secondary Period: Early Industrial (1750 to 1845 AD)
Average Building Type: Attached buildings
Average Building Density: High