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ON THE GREAT NORTH ROAD: BOOTHAM BAR, ONE OF THE CITY GATES IN YORK'S ANCIENT WALLS

ON THE GREAT NORTH ROAD: BOOTHAM BAR, ONE OF THE CITY GATES IN YORK'S ANCIENT WALLS

Most of Britain's old walled cities and towns have lost their ramparts, and with them much individuality and, incidentally, that charm which attracts visitors. But York has contrived to retain these priceless and irreplaceable features, and there is still a circuit of about three miles along these ancient ways, which sentries in bassinet and leather jerkin once trod. Indeed, the walls of York are among the finest remains of medieval town-fortification left in all Europe. The gates, defended by towers, which pierce the enceinte at intervals, are called "bars," and here we see Bootham Bar, the nearest gate to the Minster and overlooking the green Deanery Gardens. From Bootham Bar the line of the wall runs to the right or south-west towards the Ouse.

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