Doug Wall

Doug Wall

Posted on 01/11/2016


Photo taken on January 10, 2016



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Westgate

Westgate
Canterbury was first walled by the Romans around 300 AD. This has been consistently the most important of the city's gates as it is the Roman London Road entrance and the main entrance from most of Kent. At 60 feet high, it is the largest surviving city gate in England. It was built of Kentish ragstone around 1379 by Archbishop Sudbury to replace the earlier Roman gate.

Generations of medieval pilgrims passed under the gatehouse arch on their way to the shrine of Thomas a Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

From the 15th to the 19th century the West Gate served as the town prison, connected by a walkway to the police station next door. Above the portcullis slot is a 'condemned cell', where prisoners awaiting execution were held.

There was an experiment to stop traffic passing through the arch, but it caused a lot of traffic problems and was very unpopular, so has been abandoned.

Comments
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
Superb piece of architecture..............well taken mate!
19 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Impressive building; very well captured.
19 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
Obviously an indication of sturdiness since it survives years of vibration, probably some bumps, and all of the soot/exhaust.
19 months ago.