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Summary

This gate was positioned at the southern end of the road Finsbury (now named Moorgate), at the junction with London Wall. It can be seen on this 18th century map.

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Moorgate, a postern in the old Wall of London, made in the year 1415 by Thomas Falconer, mercer, mayor; restored in 1472, and rebuilt in 1672, described in 1761 as "one of the most magnificent gates of the City;" it was condemned the same year and the materials sold, April 22, for £166. In 1762 it was demolished, but when the stones were being carted away they were hastily repurchased by the Corporation, on the recommendation of John Smeaton, the eminent engineer, and, with the remaining stones of the other City Gates, at once sunk against the starlings of the newly-widened centre arch of London Bridge, which had shown dangerous symptoms of being washed away by the tides. The remedy proved effectual in arresting the threatened mischief.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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There is an encyclopedia entry for Moorfields: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/2188/

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References

  • 1664
  • 1668