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I’ve left Walmgate Bar until the last of York’s four main gateways as it is by far the most interesting.
It is unique, not only in York but in the rest of England, in retaining its 14th century barbican after those of the others fell victim to road widening in the early 1800s. In the 17th century, the barbican had to undergo extensive repair after the Civil War, but some of the inner gateway dates back to the 12th century, and the portcullis and 15th century wooden doors are still in place.
Another survivor from the late 16th century is a timber-framed, Elizabethan house supported on stone pillars, which was built on the inner side of the bar.
If we head down Walmgate and into Fossgate, there are several good second-hand bookshops if you are interested, then we can pop into the Hairy Fig for a coffee. It’s a bit of a squeeze as this is a tiny delicatessen and café but, if I conjure up some sunshine, they also have some tables in the gardens of the neighbouring Merchant Adventurer’s Hall.