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Newport Arch (Lincoln)

The Newport Arch is a very historic structure in the ancient cathedral city of Lincoln, built across the Roman Ermine Street.

It is situated in Bailgate, not far from Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle, and was built in the early 2nd century.

The Arch is the Roman gateway leading out of Lincoln to the North, and is the only Roman gateway in Britain through which traffic still passes, unlike the famous Balkerne Gate at Colchester which can only be used by pedestrians.

The distance btween the Newport Arch and the South Gate of the Roman town was about a quarter of a mile.

The street level here is 8 feet above the Roman level, so the Arch, with one of its two pedestrian side arches remaining, would have been 8 feet higher than it is today.

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