York Gate was built in 1769 in the east stretch of the North Wall, between Polymond Tower and the Bargate. It was built to link Hanover Buildings with the newly-constructed York Buildings and East Street. A picturesque little garden (image 2) straddled the top of the gate. The top of the gate was removed in 1961 to facilitate traffic flow along York Buildings, and the garden was destroyed at the same time. The walls of the gate were retained. The site of the gate today is marked by a plaque (image 3).

1. York Gate

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Photograph, 1941

2. York Gate Garden

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Photograph, 1941

3. York Gate

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A modern view of the site of York Gate, 2015.

Further reading:
Southampton Archaeological Society Bulletin, No. 15, p20. (HS/f)
Southampton Reflections, by Jim Barnes, p27. (HS/h)


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