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    Posted 7 years ago

    vetraio50
    (725 items)

    There are four Bars in York! This is probably the best looking of them. This gate is actually used these days as part of the southern access to the city of York. The street of Micklegate leads out off the city wall through Micklegate Bar where it becomes Blossom Street.

    The name of this four-storey-high gatehouse is from the Old Norse 'mykla gata' or 'great street', and leads onto Micklegate ('gate' is Danish/Norwegian for 'street' remaining from Viking influence in York). A 12th-century gatehouse was replaced in the 14th century with a heavy portcullis and barbican.

    But the beautiful 'bartizans' remain on the top edges of the portal.

    A bartizan or guerite is an overhanging, wall-mounted turret projecting from the walls of medieval fortifications from the early 14th century up to the 16th century. Most frequently found at corners, they protected a warder and enabled him to see his surroundings. Bartizans generally are furnished with oylets or arrow slits. The turret was usually supported by stepped masonry corbels and could be round or square.

    Mickelgate Bar was the traditional ceremonial gate for monarchs entering the city. This tradition of touching the state sword when entering the gate dates back to Richard II in 1389.

    Another but rather gruesome tradition was to display traitors' severed heads on the defences. Heads left to rot there included: Henry Hotspur Percy (1403), Henry Scrope, 3rd Baron Scrope of Masham (1415), Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York (1461), and Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland (1572).

    Another tradition is "The Micklegate Run". The area nearby remains famous for its pubs and clubs. "The Micklegate Run" is a pub crawl used by drinkers and club-goers in the late 20th century.

    This black and white version of the Bar was published by Evelyn Wrench of London, England as part of The Wrench Series (1900-1906). Wrench published many views-cards in color, sepia, and black & white on a cream paper printed in Saxony.

    In 1902 Wrench became a Limited company and by 1904 had changed their name to Wrench Postcards Ltd. Bad business decisions saw them close by 1906 when the Millers bought this card.

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    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks KERRY104546, NUTSABOTAS ' AGHCOLLECT too!
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      I wished I had a house that looked or was this !! Very beautiful collection and info !!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks AIMATHENA 'n SEAN too!
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Your very welcome Kevin!!!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks PHIL!
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks GARY, KAREN 'n TONINO!
    7. toracat toracat, 7 years ago
      Cool! Stunning! They built really strong forts! And withstood time!!
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks DON, BRACKEN3 , MIKELV 'n LASS!
    9. Zowie Zowie, 7 years ago
      Following a Email link it brought me here I was expecting something else.
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ANTIQUES IN NJ 'n ZOWIE too !
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ROYCROFTBOOKSFROMME!
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks CHARLIE!
    13. C.Hargreaves, 7 years ago
      I`ve been on the Micklegate run a few times. Straight through the bar, you can see the first pub on the right. Only drink half a pint in each pub en route to town 1/2 mile away, or you will not make it back!
      Most of the time the place is full of traffic and exhaust fumes now though. Electric vehicles cannot make a comeback fast enough.
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Thanks for your comments and memories CHARGREAVES! I would love to be there on the Run!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TOM 'n KYRATANGO!
    16. Lisa-lighting Lisa-lighting, 7 years ago
      Kevin,
      What fun. It is as though I have been transported to a mini " York walks tour".
      Now there is a thought. How about arranging a tour? ;0)
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks LISA LIGHTING! I wish!
    18. dlpetersen, 3 years ago
      Love the look and history of these old castles.
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks NH10 & DLPETERSEN !!!

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