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East View of the East Gate in the City of Exeter

East View of the East Gate in the City of Exeter

Engraver: Jukes, F.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1785

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 11

Item number: 69w

Length: 28.9

Width: 45.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the old East Gate of the medieval walled town of Exeter. It was a huge and impressive structure. In the print, can be seen the a statue of Henry VIII in a toga over the archway. By the late 18th century the population of Exeter had greatly increased, but were living in the cramped conditions caused by the town wall. In 1769 the North Gate and in 1784 the East Gate were demolished to ease the flow of traffic. Later prints show the space created allowed a much broader High Street.

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