This gate was opened in the walls in 1831 as a consequence of the increased population in Nunnery Lane. There is a wide round-headed central arch, two smaller side arches being added on the south side in 1864 and the south side in 1877. During its construction the remains of an earlier arched gateway 8 feet high and 6 feet wide were found. This had been blocked in haste. 12th century documents refer to `Lounelith' gate. Th e associated street, Lounlithgate, ran past St Mary Bishophill to the river.


Grid reference SE 6002 5128 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Civil Parish York, City of York, North Yorkshire


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Full Description

Victoria Bar constructed 1838, foot arches added 1864 and 1877. All structures of magnesian limestone ashlar except for Victoria Bar steps of orange brick with stone treads and cast-iron balustrade and handrail.
Victoria Bar exterior: semicircular carriage arch of 2 chamfered orders flanked by single chamfered pedestrian arches. Incised stone above central arch reads: Victoria Bar erected by Public Subscription under the direction of The City Commissioners AD1836 George Hudson Esq Lord Mayor.

Extract from English Heritage LB download dated: 22/08/2005

RCHME, 1972, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York, Volume II The Defences, p93 (Monograph). SYO63.

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  • --- Monograph: RCHME. 1972. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York, Volume II The Defences. p93.

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Jan 31 2021 7:17PM


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