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Newgate

Categories: London Wall

Newgate was the western exit through the Roman London Wall. In later years the gate house was about 100 feet wide. Part of this building was used, from at least the 12th century, as a prison and thus began the use of the site, and extensions to the south, that continued through until the last prison was closed in 1902, demolished in 1904 and replaced with the Old Bailey.

2018: From Ian Visits: Warwick Passage runs under the Old Bailey and at the far end in a small garden are four columns reclaimed from the 1907 Central Criminal Court building when it was expanded in 1972.

2019: Thackeray's title character Henry Esmond, having been imprisoned with some friends relates (p168): "Our rooms were the three in the gate {sic} over Newgate - on the second storey, looking up Newgate Street towards Cheapside and Paul's Church. And we had leave to walk on the roof and could see thence Smithfield and the Bluecoat Boys' School, Gardens and the Chartreux, where as {I} remembered {two friends} had had their schooling."

See Cripplegate for the full list of 8 gates of old London.

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Newgate

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Newgate

Site of Newgate, demolished 1777. The Corporation of the City of London

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Aldersgate

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1 memorial
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This Alan Eisen flickr page will take you on a walk of the Wall, showing many of the blue-bordered plaques. The Museum of London created a 2 mile long London Wall Walk in 1983, marked with 23 love...

Building, London Wall, Romans

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Aldgate

Aldgate

Originally a Roman gate it was rebuilt a number of times:  1108–47, 1215, 1607-09. As a customs official Chaucer lived in the rooms above the gate, 1374-1386. The Cass Charity school used the upper...

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Moor Gate

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Building, London Wall

1 memorial
Ludgate

Ludgate

Site was just to the west of St Martin's church. Rebuilt: 1215, 1450, 1586. 1666 destroyed in Great Fire and rebuilt in 1670 when a statue of the mythical King of the Britons, King Lud, was placed ...

Building, London Wall

2 memorials