Gates of the City of London

Review by AB

The City of London’s seven historic gates – Ludgate, Newgate, Aldersgate, Cripplegate, Moorgate, Bishopsgate, and Aldgate – were first constructed in the Roman period and continued to play a central role in controlling access to the city until they were demolished in the 18th century. In this short publication, Alan Brooke explores the history of these key entry points, which were witness to some of London’s most-famous moments, from the Norman Conquest to the Great Fire of 1666. Complete with handy maps, historic images, and photos of present-day locations, the book takes readers through the evolution of the gates over time, serving as prisons, tollbooths, fortifications, and even apartments (Geoffrey Chaucer lived for a number of years in the 14th century in the apartments above Aldgate). Also considered are the churches, inns, and businesses that grew up around these locations, as well as some of London’s other important boundaries, including the bars, posterns, and water gates that were passed through by Londoners across the ages.

Gates of the City of London
Alan Brooke
Amberley, £15.99
ISBN 978-1398102613