My ‘culture’ gig this week was all about ‘Gates’….not Bill or Gareth, but London’s historical ‘gates’ to the City.
My challenge was to find and photograph the actual locations of these ‘gates’ which date all the way back to Roman times, when a wall encircled the entire City.
The main gates of London were:-……
* Aldgate – where the road led out to Colchester and Essex
* Bishopsgate – where the road led out to Cambridge
* Cripplegate – where to road led out to the north
* Aldersgate – where the road led out to the market at Smithfield, and more importantly, St. Bartholomew Abbey
* Newgate – where the road led out to Oxford and the west.
* Ludgate – where the road led out to Bath and the south west
These gates helped control:- trade – access – the collection of taxes – and even crime prevention, as the heads of executed ‘villains’ were displayed on spikes as a deterrent to anyone who fancied their chances ?
These gates lasted right up until 1760, at which time most had been destroyed to facilitate the rapidly increasing population and necessary road widening.
Throughout my ‘quest’ I also sought out various sections of the old Roman ‘wall’ still in existence ?
As is customary, I finished off this gig with a cheeky beer at the Magpie pub, a little boozer tucked away in the back streets of Bishopsgate