Medieval Stonework in Butt Close Lane

Medieval Stonework in Butt Close Lane

This long section of medieval stonework forms the base of the brick wall of the Great Meeting burial ground. The stones were probably robbed out from the town wall, which ran parallel to Churchgate. The town walls had gradually delapidated, so that when Richard Ill came to Leicester in 1485 the sometime fortifications probably presented, in Charles Billson’s evocative phrase, ‘a picturesque and peaceful aspect.’ Until the 1970s a fragment of the old wall was still visible in a scrap of waste ground that later became the Matalan car park.