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Ely Porta f.34

Ely Porta f.34

Artist: Buckler, John Chessell

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36360

Item number: f.34

Length: 22.9

Width: 35.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This gateway is also known as Walpole's Gate, named after Prior Walpole, and was the main entrance to the monastery. The gate was begun in 1396 and it was completed in 1417. Over the centuries, many thousands would have passed through its arch - pilgrims, travellers, monarchs and nobility, as well as ecclesiastical figures. The gateway also represented the juncture of the monastic and "ordinary" worlds. Here, as at other monastery gatehouses, courts were held, often administered by the clergy. The gatehouse also, for a time, served as the town jail. It is now the gatehouse for the King's School, a boys' Public School.

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