Thursday, May 23, 2013

Question from Courtney - Gates of London

I was wondering if anyone could tell me which gate a group of travelers from Worcestershire would use to enter the city of London in 1558. I've been leaning toward Aldersgate, but it's so difficult to find a legible map of 16th century London (let alone one that illustrates where all of the gates were actually located) that I'm not sure I'm correct. Any ideas? Thanks!


tudor princess said...

Old House Projects have just published a Historical Map of Tudor London c1520.

I haven't seen a copy myself but this may be useful to you although it may be too early.

There is also a map published in 1558 by Frans Hogenberg and George Hoefnagel.

One of my favourite books is Tudor London Revisited by Norman Lloyd Williams which really evokes what life was like in London in the 16th century.

Marilyn R said...

Why not drop the Museum of London an e-mail? If anybody can tell you, it will be them.

Courtney said...

Tudor Princess - That Hogenberg and Hoefnagel map is the one that's come up most frequently on my Google searches. It's a great map, but unfortunately I've been unable to find a version large enough to make out the answer to my question.

Marilyn R - good idea. Thanks for the suggestion; I'll do just that!

tudor princess said...

You can now buy a copy of the Hogenberg map, too. It's published by the Museum of London!

Anonymous said...

It depends the exact route you take of course but, logically, you'd go via Oxford and Uxbridge, and on the Agas map the "Waye to Uxbridge" (modern Oxford Street) enters the City at Newgate (via Holborn). Tyburn is on that route, at what is now Marble Arch at the west end of modern Oxford Street.