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Bishopsgate (London City Gate, Until 1760) History


Bishopsgate General Facts:
  • One of the 7 historic London City Gates through the London defensive wall from Roman times.
  • The old location of the gate is opposite where the NatWest Tower now stands.
  • William Shakespeare lived in the area in the 1590s.
Bishopsgate History:
  • Originally built by the Romans.
  • The gate takes its name from a 7th century Bishop of London, Eorconweald.
  • Eorconweald had the gate rebuilt on the old Roman foundations.
  • The gate was rebuilt by the Hansa merchants in 1471.
  • Hinges were made for the gate by the bishops of London.
  • The final version of the gate was erected in 1735, & later demolished in 1760.
Functions Of Bishopsgate:
  • The gate often displayed the heads of criminals on spikes.
  • Goods were transported through this gate.
Image 1600s - Public Domain - From University of Toronto Wenceslaus Hollar Digital Collection.

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