Gates in the wall of this Citie.
Gates of Lon
4 north,
south, east and
in the wall of this Citie of olde time
were 4 to wit, Aldgate for the east, Al
for the North, Ludgate for the
West, and the Bridgegate ouer the ri
uer of Thames, for the South, but of la
ter times for the ease of the Citizens and
Passengers, diuers other gates and Po
haue beene made as shalbe shewed.
In the raigne of Henry the second (saith Fitzstephen) there
were seuen double gates in the wall of this Citie, but he nameth
them not. It may be supposed he ment for the first, the gate next
to the Tower of London, which then serued as a Posterne for
Passengers out of the East: from thence through Towerstreete,
, and Candleweekestrete, to Londonstone, the midle
point of that high way : then through Budgerow, watheling
, and leauing Paules Church on the right hand, to Lud
in the west, the next be Aldgate, Bishopsgate, Criplegate,
Aldersgate, Ludgate
, and the Bridgegate, ouer the Thames.
Since the which time hath been builded Newgate, the Posterne
called Moregate, a Posterne from Christeshospital, towardes
S. Bartelmewes Hospitall in Smithfielde &c. Of euery of
these gates and Posterns as also of certeine watergates seueral
ly somewhat may bée noted, as I finde authority to warrant
The first was the Posterne gate next vnto the Tower of Lon
Posterne by
the Tower of
which at the length fell downe in the yeare 1440. the 18. of
Henry the 6
. and was neuer reedified againe of stone, but an
homely cotage with a narrow passage made of timber, lath, and
loame: hath beene in place thereof set vp, and so remaineth. The
ruine of the saide Posterne began in the yeare 1190. the second
of Richarde the first
, william Longshampe Bishop of Ely and
Chauncelor of England, caused a part of the city wal, to wit, from
the saide gate towardes the riuer of Thames to bee broken down
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wide aboute with a wal, and is now the vtter wal of the Tower,
he also caused a broade and deepe ditch to bee made without the
same wal, intending to haue deriued the riuer of Thames, to haue
flowed aboute it. By meanes of this ditch the foundation of that
gate being loosed and greately weakened, fell at the length, as yée
haue hearde and so remaineth.
The next in the East is Aldgate of olde time so called of the an
tiquitie or age thereof. It appeareth by a Charter of king Ed
to the Knightes of Kinghtone Guilde, that in his dayes the
said Porte was called Aldgate. Also Matilde the Queene, wife
to Henry the first, in the eight yere of his raigne, hauing foun
ded the Priorie of the Holy Trinitie within Aldegate, gaue vnto
the same church, to Norman the first Prior, and the Canons that
deuoutlie serued God therein, the Porte of Aldegate, & the Soke
Soke or Court
Franchise thereunto belonging with al customs, as free as shee
held the same, &c. In the which Charter, shee nameth the house
Christes church, and reporteth Aldegate to bée of her demaine.
The next towards the north, is called Bishopsgate, for that, as it
may be supposed, the same was first builded by some Bishoppe of
London, the certaynty whereof is vnknown, but true it is that
this gate was first builded for the ease of the passengers towards
the East and by North, as into Norfolke, Suffolke, Cambridge
, &c. The Trauellers into which parts before the building of
this gate were forced, passing out at Aldegate, to goe east till
they came to the Miles end, & then to turne on the left hand to Ble
thenhal green
now called Bednal greene, to Cambridge heath,
and so North, or East and by North, as their Iourney lay. If
they tooke not this way, by the East out at Aldgate, they must
take their way by the North out at Aldersgate through Alders
gate streete
, and Goswelstreete towards Iseldon, and by a crosse
of stone on their right hand, set vp for a marke by the North ende
of Golding lane to turne Eastwarde through a long streete vntill
this day called Aldestreete, to an other crosse standing, where now
standeth a Smithes Forge by Sewers ditch church, and then to
turne againe North towardes Totenham, Endfield, Waltham,
Ware, &c
. The eldest note that I reade of this Bishopsgate, is
that wiliam Blund one of the Sheriffes of London in the yeare,
Liber trinitati,

Gates of this Citie.
1210. solde to Serle Mercer, and VVilliam Almaine, procu
rators, or Wardens, of London bridge, all his land with the
garden, in the Parish of S. Buttolph without Bishopsgate,
betweene the land of Richard Casiarin towards the north, and
the lande of Robert Crispie towardes the South, and the high
way called Bearewardes lane
out, of old
time called
on the East &c. Next I reade
in a Charter
dated the yere 1235. that Walter Brune Citizen of
London, and Rosia his wife founded the Priorie or new Hospital
of our blessed Lady
, since called S. Mary Spittle, without Bishops
, for Canons regular the 19. of Henry the thirde. Also in the
yeare 1247. Simon Fitzmarie, one of the Sherifes of London,
the 29. of H. the thirde, founded the Hospitall of S. Marie,
Bethlem without Bishopsgate. Thus much for Antiquitie, now
for repayring of this gate. I find, that Henry the thirde graun
ted or confirmed to the Marchantes of the Haunce,
Liber cu
that had an
house in the citie called Guildhalla Theutonicorum, certaine
Liberties and Priuiledges. Edwarde the first also confirmed
the same. In the 10. yeare of whose raigne, it was founde that
the saide Marchantes ought of right to repayre the saide gate cal
led Bishopsgate. Whereupon Gerarde Marbod, Alderman of
the Haunce and other, then remayning in the Citie of London: for
themselues, and al others Marchants of the saide hance, granted,
210. markes sterling to the Maior and Citizens. And couenanted
that they and their successors should from time to time repayre the
same gate.
repared by
the Marchants
of the Haunce

was builded.
This gate was againe beutifully builded in the yere
1479. in the raigne of Edwarde the 4. by the saide Haunce
: Moreouer aboute the yeare 1551. these Haunce
prouided to
haue beene
new builded
called Moore
hauing prepared stone for that purpose, caused a new
gate to be framed, there to haue beene set vp, but then their Li
berties through suite of our English Marchantes, were seazed in
to the Kings hand, and so that worke was stayed, and the olde
gate yet remaineth.
Touching the next Posterne, called Moregate, I finde that
Thomas Faulconer Maior, aboute the yeare one thouſande
foure hundred and fifeteene
, the third of Henry the fifte, caused
the wall of the Citie to bee broken neare vnto Colemanstreete

Gates of this Citie.
and there builded a Posterne, now called Moregate, vppon the
Moore side where was neuer gate before. This gate he made
for ease of the Citizens, that way to passe vppon causewaies
into the fielde, for their recreation: For the same fielde was at
that time a Marrish. This Posterne was reedified by Wil
liam Hampton
Fishmonger Maior, in the yeare 1472. In
the yeare also, 1511. the thirde of Henry the eight. Roger A
Maior, caused Dikes and Bridges to bee made, and the
ground to bee leuiled, and made more commodious for passage
since which time the same hath beene heighthened. So much
that the Ditches and Bridges are couered, and if it bee made le
uill with the Battlementes of the Citie wall: yet will it bee lit
tle the drier, such is the Moorish nature of the grounde. The
next is the Posterne of Cripplegate so called long before the
Conquest. For I reade in the Historie of Edmonde King of
the East Angles, written by Abba Floriacensis, & by Burchard
sometime Secretarie to Offa king of Marcia. That in the
yeare 1010. The Danes spoiling the kingdom of the East
Angles, Alwyne Bishop of Helmeham, caused the bodie of
king Edmonde the Martir to bee brought from Bedrisworth,
(now called Bury S. Edmondes) through the kingdome of
the East Saxons, and so to London in at Cripplegate, a place
(saith mine Author) so called of Criples begging there: at which
gate, (it was saide) the bodie entering, miracles were wrought,
as some of the Lame did goe vpright, praising God. The
bodie of King Edmond rested for the space of three yeares in
the Parrish church of Saint Gregorie, neare vnto the Cathe
drall Church of Saint Paule
. Moreouer the Charter of
William the Conqueror, confirming the foundation of the
Colledge in London called S. Martin the greate, hath these
wordes. I doe geue and graunt to the same Church and
Cannons, seruing God therein. All the lande and the
Moore without the Posterne
, which is called Cripplegate,
on eyther parte of the Posterne.
Liber S Bar
Besides this Alfune builded
the parrish church of S. Giles nigh a gate of the citie called
Porta contractorum, or Criplesgate about the yeare 1090.

Gates of this Citie.
This Posterne was sometime a prison, wherevnto such Citti
zens and others, as were arrested for debt,
a prison for
or common trespasses
were committed, as they be now to the Compters, which thing
appeareth by a writte of Edward the first in these wordes: Rex
vic. London, salutem: ex graui querela B. capt. & detent.
in prisona nostra de Criples gate pro
quas colam Radul
pho de Sandwico tunc custod, Ciuitatis nostræ London, & I.
de Blackwell ciuis recognit. debit. &c
. This gate was new
builded by the Brewers of London in the yeare 1244. as saith
Fabians Manscript.
new builded.
Edmond Shaw Goldsmith, Mayor, in the yeare 1483. at his
decease appoynted by his testament his executors, with the cost
of 400. Markes, and the stuffe of the olde gate, called Criples
, to builde the same gate of new, which was performed and
done, in the yeare 1491. The next is Aldresgate or Aldersgate,
so called not of Aldrich, or of Elders, that is to say, auncient men,
builders thereof,
Beware the
nor of Eldarne trées growing there more aboun
dantly, then in other places, as some haue fabuled, but for the very
antiquitie of the gate it selfe, as being one of the first foure gates
of the cittie, and seruing for the Northerne partes, as Aldegate
did for the East, which two gates being both old gates, are for dif
ference sake called, the one Aldegate, and the other Aldergate.
This gate hath at sundry times béene increased with buildinges,
namely, on the south or innerside, a great frame of timber hath
béene added and set vp, contayning diuers large roomes, and lodge
tnges: also on the East side, is the addition of one great building
of timber, with one large floore paued with stone, or tile, and a
Well therein curbed with stone, of a great depth, and rysing into
the said roome, which is two stories high from the ground: which
Well is the onely peculiar note belonging to that gate, for I haue
not séene the like in all this Cittie, to be raysed so high. Iohn Day
Stationer, a late famous printer of many good bookes, in our time
dwelled in this gate, and builded much vpon the
A Postern out
of Christes
wall of the cittie
towards the parish Church of Saint Anne. Then is there also
a Posterne gate made out of the wall on the North side of the late
dissolued cloyster of Friers minors, commonly of their habite cal
led Gray Friers, now Christes Church, and Hospitall. This Po

Gates of this Citie.
sterne was made in the sixt yeare of Edward the sixt, to passe from
the said Hospitall of Christes Church, vnto the Hospitall of Saint
in Smithfield.
The next gate on the west, and by North, is termed Newgate,
as latelier builded then the rest. This gate was first erected about
the raigne of Henry the second, or Richard the first, vpon this
occasion. The Cathedrall Church of Saint Paule, being burnt
about the yeare 1086. in the raigne of VVilliam the Conque
, Mauritius then Bishoppe of London, rapayred not the olde
church, as some haue supposed, but began the foundation of a new
worke, such as men then iudged would neuer haue béene perfor
med, it was to them so wonderfull for height, length, and breadth,
as also in respect it was raysed vppon arches or vaults, &c. After
Mauritius, Richard Beamore did wonderfully aduance the work
of the said Church, purchasing the large stréetes, and lanes round
about, wherein were wont to dwell many lay people, which
grounds he began to compasse about with a strong wall of stone,
and gates. By meanes of this increase of the Church territo
rie, but more by inclosing of grounde, for so large a cemitorie, or
church yarde: the high and large stréete stretching from Aldegate
in the East, vntill Ludgate in the West, was in this place so
crossed and stopped vp, that the carriage through the cittie West
warde, was forced to passe without the saide churchyarde wall on
the North side, through Pater noster row: and then south down
Aue Mary lane, and againe West through Bowiar row to Lud
: or else out of Chepe, or Wathelingstreet to turne South
through the old Exchaunge, then West through Carter lane: a
gaine North vp Créede lane, and then West to Ludgate. Which
passage, by reason of so often turning, was very combersome, and
daungerous both for horse and man.
Newgate first
builded, and
the cause why.
For remedie whereof, a new
gate was made, and so called, by which men and cattell with all
manner of carriages, might passe more directly (as afore) from
Aldegate, through West Cheape by Paules on the North side,
through Saint Nicholas Shambles, and Newgate market to
Newgate, and from thence to any part Westwarde ouer Old
, or turning without the gate into Smithfielde, and
through Iseldon to any part North and by West. This gate

Gates of this Citie.
hath of long time béene a Gayle,
Close role.
Newgate a
iayle or pri
son house.
The king re
payred it.
or prison, for fellons and trespas
sors, as appeareth by records in the raigne of King Iohn, of which
amongst other I find one testifying that in the yeare 1218. The
third of King Henry the thirde, the King writeth vnto the She
riffes of London, commaunding them to repaire the Gaile of
Newgate, for the safe keeping of his prisoners, and that the char
ges which they should lay out, should be allowed vnto them vpon
their accompt in the Exchequer. Moreouer in the yeare 1241.
the Iewes of Norwich were hanged for circumcising a Christian
childe, their house called the Thor, was pulled downe and destroi
ed, Aron the sonne of Abraham a Iew, at London, and the other
Iewes were constrained to pay twentie thousand markes at two
termes in the year, or els to be kept perpetuall prisoners in New
of London and in other prisons. 1255. King Henry the
lodging in the Tower of London, vppon displeasure con
ceyued towards the Cittie of London, for the escape of Iohn Of
a prisoner being a Clearke conuict, out of Newgate, which
had killed a Prior that was of alliance to the King, as cosen to the
Queene, he sent for the Mayor and Sheriffes to come before him,
to aunswere the matter: the Mayor laid the fault from him to the
The Shiriffes
of London
prisoners in
the Tower
for escape of
a prisoner
out of
forsomuch as to them belonged the keeping of all pri
soners within the cittie, and so the Mayor returned home, but the
Sheriffes remayned there prisoners, by the space of one Moneth
and more, and yet they excused themselues in that the fault chiefly
rested in the Bishops Officers: for whereas the prisoner was vn
der custodie, they at his request had graunted licence to imprison
the offendor within the Gaile of Newgate, but so as the Bishops
Officers were charged to sée him safely kept. The King not
withstanding all this, demanded of the cittie 3000. markes for a
fine. In the yeare 1326. Robert Baldoke, the kinges Chan
cellor was put in Newgate.
The kinges
prisoner in
New gate.
In the yeare 1337. S. Iohn Poult
gaue foure markes by the yeare, to the reliefe of prisoners in
Newgate. In the yeare 1385. William Wallwoorth gaue som
what to relieue the prisoners in Newgate so haue manie others
since also. In the yeare 1414. the Gaylors of Newgate and Lud
dyed, and prisoners in Newgate to the number of 64. In the
1418. The Parson of Wrotham in Kent was imprisoned in
Gates of this Citie.
Newgate. The yeare 1422. the first of Henry the sixt, licence
was granted to Iohn Couentre, Ianken Carpenter, and Wil
liam Greue
Newgate new
executors to Richard Whittington, to reedifie the
Gaile of Newgate, which they did with his goodes. Lastly Tho
mas Knowles
Mayor, by licence of Reynold Prior of S. Bartle
, in Smithfield, and also of Iohn Wakering Mayster of
the Hospitall of S. Bartlemewe, and his brethren, conueyed the
waste of water at the cesterne néere to the common fountaine and
Chappell of S. Nicholas, (situate by the saide Hospitall) to the
Gailes of Newgate, and Ludgate, for reliefe of the prisoners, and
this may suffice for Newgate.
Ludgate in the West is the next, and is called Ludgate as
first builded (saith Geffrey Monmouth) by King Lud a Briton,
about the yeare before Christes natiuitie 66 Of which building,
and also of the name, as Ludsgate, or Fluds gate, hath béene of
late some question amongst the learned, wherefore I ouer passe it,
as not to my purpose, onely referring the reader to that I haue
before written, out of Cesars commentaries, and other Romaine
writers concerning a towne or Cittie amongst the Britaines.
This gate I suppose to be one of the most auncient: and as Ald
was builded for the East, so was this Luds gate for the west.
I reade as I tolde you that in the yeare 1215. The 17. of King
the Barons of the Realme, being in armes against the King
entred this Citie, and spoyled the Iewes houses, to fill their owne
purses which being done, Robert Fitzwater, and Geffrey de
Magna villa
Earle of Essex, and the Earle of Gloucester chiefe
leaders of the Army, applyed all diligence to repayre the gates and
walles of this Citie, with the stones of the Iewes broken houses,
especially (as it séemeth) they then repayred or rather new builded
Ludgate new
For in the yeare 1586. when the same gate was ta
ken down to be newe builded, there was found couched within the
wall thereof, a stone taken from one of the Iewes houses, where
in was ingrauen in Hebrewe Caracters these wordes following,
הך מצב הר משה בן הרב ר יצחק
Iewes houses
Hæc est statio Rabbi Moses, filThis text has been supplied. Reason: The ink has faded, obscuring the text. Evidence: The text has been supplied based on an external source. (JZ)lj insignis Rabbi Isaac: which is to say, this is the Sta
tion, or Ward of Rabby Moses, the sonne of the honorable Rab
by Isaac
, and had béene fixed vppon the front of one of the Iewes

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houses as a note, or signe that such a one dwelled there. In the
yeare 1260. this Ludgate was repaired and beautified with ima
ges of Lud and other Kinges, as appeareth by letters pattents
the Tower, of licence giuen to the cittizens of London, to take vp
stone for the making of those images, dated the 45. of Henry the
. These images of Kinges in the raigne of Edward the sixt
had their heads smitten off, and were otherwise defaced, by vnad
uised folkes, and in the raigne of Quéene Marie were repayred, as
by setting new heads on their old bodies, &c. All which so remay
ned vntil the year 1586.
Ludgate again
new builded.
The 28. of Quéen Elizabeth , when the
same gate being sore decayed was clean taken down, the prisoners
in the meane time remayning in the large Southeast quadrant to
the same Gate adioyning, and the same yeare, the whole gate was
newly and beautifully builded with the images of Lud, & others,
as afore, on the East side, and the picture of her Maiestie,
Ludgate in
larged in the
raigne of H.
the sixt
on the West side.
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ting to 1500. £. or more.
Ludgate a free
This gate was made a frée prison in
the yeare 1378. the first of Richard the second,
Record Guild
Nicholas Brem
being Mayor. The same was confirmed in the yeare 1382.
Iohn Northampton being Mayor, by a common counsaile in the
Guild hall: by which it was ordayned that all frée men of this
Cittie should for debt, trespasses, accomptes, and contempts, bee
imprisoned in Ludgate, and for treasons, fellonies, and other cri
minall offences be committed to Newgate. &c. In the yeare 1439
the tenth of King Henry the sixt,2 Iohn Welles being Mayor, a
court of common counsaile established ordinanances, (as William
& Robert Chicheley, late Maiors before had done) tou
ching the garde and gouernment of Ludgate, and other prisons.
Also in the yeare 1463. the third of Edward the fourth, Ma
thew Philip
being Mayor, in a common counsaile, at the request
of the well disposed, blessed, and deuout woman, Dame Agnes For
, widow, late wife to Stephen Forster Fishemonger, some
time Mayor, for the comfort and reliefe of all the poore prisoners,
certaine Articles were established. Inprimis, that the new works
then late edified by the same Dame Agnes, for the inlarging of
the prison of Ludgate, from thenceforth should be had and taken,

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as a parte and parcell of the saide prison of Ludgate, so that both
the olde and new worke of Ludgate aforesaid, be one prison, gaile,
kéeping, and charge for euermore.
The saide Quadrant strongly builded of stone, by the before
named Stephen Forster, and Agnes his wife, contayneth a large
walking place by grounde, the like roome it hath ouer it for lodg
ings, and ouer all a fayre leades to walke vpon, well imbattayled,
all for ease of prisoners, to the end they shoulde haue lodging and
water frée without charge: as by certaine verses grauen in Cop
per, & fixed on the said Quadrant, I haue read in forme following.
Old verses on

Deuout soules that passe this way,
for Stephen Forster late Mayor, hartely pray,
And Dame Agnes his spouse, to God consecrate,
that of pitty this house made for Lōdoners in Ludgate.
So that for lodging and water prisoners here nought pay,
as their keepers shal answere at dreadfull domes day.

This plate, and one other of his Armes, taken downe with
the old gate, I caused to be fixed ouer the entrie of the said Quadrant,
but the verses being vnhappily turned inward to the wall, the like
in effect is grauen outwarde in prose, declaring him to bee a Fish
monger, because some vpon a light occasion (as a maydens heade
in a glasse window) had fabuled him to bee a Mercer, and to haue
begged there at Ludgate, &c. Thus much for Ludgate.
Next this, is there a breach in the wal of the Citie,
A breach in
the wal against
and a bridge
of timber ouer the Fleet dike, betwixt Fléet-bridge and Thames,
directly ouer against the house of Bridewel.
Of the water gates of name, on the banke of the riuer of
Thames. The first from the West towardes the East, is called
Ripa Reginæ, the Quéens bank, or Quéene Hith,
Queenes hith
which may wel
be accounted a water gate, & the very chief of this citie, being a com
mon strand or landing place, yet equal with, & of old time as far ex
celling Belins gate, as shalbe shewed in the ward of Quéene Hith.
The next is Downe gate, so called (as may be supposed) of the
sodaine descending, or downe going of that way from S. Iohns
Church vpon Walbrooke
vnto the Riuer of Thames, whereby
the water in the channell there hath such aswift course, that in the

Gates of this Citie.
yeare 1574. on the fourth of September after a strong shower of
rayne, a lad (of the age of 18. yeares)
A lad of 18.
yeares old,
drowned in a
channell at
minding to haue leapt ouer
the channell, was taken by the féete and borne downe with the vi
olence of that narrow streame, and carryed towarde the Thames
with such a violent swiftnesse, as no man could rescue or stay him,
till he came against a cart whéele, that stood in the water gate, be
fore which time he was drowned, and starke dead.
This was sometime a large water gate, frequented of shippes
and other vessels, like as the Quéene Hith, and was a part there
of, as doth appeare by an Inquisition made in the 28. yeare of
Henry the third
, wherein was founde, that aswell corne as fish
and all other things comming to the Port of Downe gate, were
to bee ordered after the customes of the Quéenes Hith, for the
kings vse, as also that the corne arriuing betwéene the gate of the
Guildhall of the Marchants of Cullen: the (Styleyarde) which is
East from Downe gate, and the house then pertayning to the
Archbishoppe of Canterbury, West from Baynards castle, was
to be measured by the measure and measurer of the Quéenes soke,
or Quéene Hith.
Marchants of
the Haunce
landed their
corne betwixt
their house, &
the Black friers
I reade also in the 19. of Edward the thirde,
that customes were then to be payde for shippes and other vessels
resting at Downe gate, as if they roade at Quéene Hith, and as
they now doe a Belingsgate. And thus much for Downe gate
may suffice.
The next after Downgate (of old time) was called Wolses gate
Wolses gate in
the Roperie.
Liber Horn
Liber S, Albon
in the reperie in the parish of Alhallowes the lesse, of later time
called Wolses lane, but now out of vse: for the lower parte was
builded on by the Earle of Shrewsburie, and the other part was
stopped vp, and builded on by the Chamberlaine of London.
The next is Ebgate,
Liber trinitate,
Liber S, Albon
Record E. the 3
a Watergate, so called of old time, as ap
peareth by diuers records of tenements néere vnto the same adioy
ning. It standeth neare vnto the Church of S. Laurence Pount
, but is within the parish of S. Marten Ordegare. In place
of this gate is now a narrow passage to the Thames, and is called
Ebgate lane, but more commonly the Old Swanne.
Then is there a water gate at the Bridge foote, called Oyster
, of Oysters that were there of old time commonly to be sold,
and was the chiefest market for them, and for other shell fishes

Gates of this Citie.
There standeth now an engine, or forcier, for the winding vp of
ter3 to serue the citie, whereof I haue already spoken.
The next is the Bridge gate, so called of London Bridge
whereon it standeth: This is one of the foure first and principall
gates of the citie, and was long before the conquest, when there
stood a Bridge of timber: which Gate being weakely made, when
the bridge was builded of stone, hath béene often times since repay
red. This gate with the Tower vpon it, in the 1436. fell down, &
two of the farthest Arches Southwards also fell therewith, and
no man perished or was hurt therewith. To the repayring where
of, diuers welthy cittizens gaue large summes of money, namely
Robert Large, sometime Mayor, gaue to that work 100.marks,
Stephen Forster 20. l. S. Iohn Crosby Alderman 100. l. &c.
But in the yeare 1471. the Kentish Mariners vnder the conduct
of Bastard Fauconbridge, burned the said Gate, and xiij. hoThis text is the corrected text. The original is n (SM)uses
on the Bridge, besides the Béere houses at S. Katherines, and
many other in the suburbes.
The next is Buttolphes gate, so called of the parish Church
of S. Buttolph
néere adioyning. This gate was sometime giuen,
,,or confirmed by William Conqueror, to the Monkes of West
in these wordes: W. Rex Angliæ &c. William King
,,of England, sendeth gréeting to the Sheriffes & all his ministers,
,,as also to all his louing subiects, French and English of London,
,,Know ye that I haue granted to God, and S. Peter of Westmin
, & to the Abbot Vitalis, the gift which Almundus of the port
,,of S. Buttolph
gaue them, when he was there made Monke: that
,,is to say, his Lords court with the houses, and one Wharfe, which
,,is at the head of London bridge, and all other his landes which he
,,had in the same citie, in such sort as King Edward more benefici
,,ally, and amply granted the same: and I will and command, that
,,they shall inioy the same well and quietly and honourably with
,,sake, and soke &c.
The next is Belingsgate nowe vsed as an especiall Porte or
harborow, for small shippes and boates comming thereto, and is
now the largest water gate on the Riuer of Thames, and there
fore most frequented, the Quéenes Hith being almost forsaken.
Now this Gate tooke that name, or of what antiquity the same is,

Towers and Castels.
must leaue vncertaine, as not hauing read any auncient recorde
thereof, more then that Geffrey Monmouth writeth, that Belin
a King of the Britans, about 400. yeares before Chriſtes nati
builded this gate, and named it Belins gate, after his owne
calling: and that when he was dead, his bodie being burned, the
ashes in a vessell of brasse, were set vpon a high pinacle of stone o
uer the same Gate. But Cesar, and other the Romaine writers,
affirme of citties, walles, and gates, as ye haue before heard, and
therefore it séemeth to me not to be so auncient, but rather to haue
taken that name of some later owner of the place, happily named
Belin, as Somars Key, Smarts Key, Frosh wharfe, and others
thereby tooke their names of their owners: of this gate more shall
be saide when we come to Belins Gate warde.
Then haue you a Water gate on the West side of Woolle
, or Customers Key, which is now of late most beautifully
enlarged and built, This gate is commonly called the Water
, as being at the South end of Water lane.
One other Water gate there is by the Bulwark of the Tow
Watergate by
the Tower.
and this is the last and farthest water gate Eastward, on the
Riuer of Thames, so farre as the cittie of London extendeth with
in the walles: both which last named water gates bee within the
Tower ward.
Besides these common Water gates were diuers priuate
wharfes and Keyes
Wharfes and
all along from the East to the West of this
Cittie, on the banke of the Riuer of Thames: Marchants of all
nations had landing places, Ware houses, sellers and stowage of
their goodes and marchandises, as partly shall bee touched in the
Wardes adioyning to the said Riuer, and therefore concerning
Gates let this suffice.


  1. When referring to Henry VI’s reign, Stow ignores his brief reinstatement as king from Sep.-Oct. 1470 to April 1471. (SM)
  2. Stow’s two dating methods do not correspond here. 1439 is in the 17/18th years of Henry VI’s reign. (SM)
  3. I.e., water. (SM)

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