The City of York has more miles of intact city walls than any City anywhere else in England, and some sections of the walls date back to Roman times. ? The rectangular gatehouse at Micklegate Bar (the name derives from the original Viking 'myla gata' or 'geat street') marks the main entrance to the city of York. Micklegate is also the traditional entry point for Kings and Queens visiting York. In a ceremony that dates back to the reign of King Richard II monarchs touch the state sword when entering Micklegate Bar.
The Micklegate gatehouse is four stories high, and contains living quarters on its upper floors. A simple gatehouse was constructed here in the 12th century, but elaborate defences were added in the 14th, with a heavy portcullis and barbican. There is a small museum inside Micklegate Bar, which traces the history of the Bar and the city of York.
Micklegate Bar was historically the place where traitors heads were displayed to deter rebellion. Some famous (and infamous) heads which once adorned the Bar include Henry 'Hotspur' Percy (1403), Lord Scrope (1415), Richard, Duke of York (1461), and the Earl of Northumberland (1572). Heads were often left decaying atop the Bar for years. Bootham Bar contains some of the earliest medieval stonework in York City Walls, with the oldest sections dating to the 11th century, though much of what remains today dates from the 14th and 19th centuries.
Monk Bar is the most elaborate of the city gates of York. Monk Bar consists of a four-story gatehouse which dates from the early 14th century. The gatehouse was originally designed to be able to stand as a self-contained fortress, with each floor capable of being defended individually.
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Map of York showing the location of Micklegate Bar, York City Walls, York at Latitude 53.95575 / Longitude -1.09127.
We have visited York on a number of occasions to produce this tour, this page was created on Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:49:53 +0100, although the photography may have been obtained on an earlier date.
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