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Micklegate Bar at York

Micklegate Bar at York

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15548

Item number: 94

Genre: Manuscript

The city walls of York are interspersed with towered entrances known as bars. This bar was built in the mid-13th century and is four stories high. The passage wall, seen in this picture, was built using recycled Roman blocks and sarcophagi. Micklegate was one of the main entrances into the city and guarded the south road from York. It was used by visiting monarchs and the heads of executed traitors were displayed here, such as Richard, Duke of York in 1461.

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