The name Greestone derives from the Old English "greesen" or steps. These steps (or stairs), in use from the 12th century, were an important route from the medieval suburbs of Butwerk in the lower city to Eastgate in the uphill area of Lincoln (both outside the city walls)
Pictured below a postern, or back gate is one of the earliest gates to the Cathedral Close. It is remembered as the point where, in the 1720's, a large crowd surged through it to protest at plans to remove the Cathedral spires.
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