~ WINCHEAP GATE ~
Built in the 16th Century
Wincheap gate, Canterbury 1755
1670. The Corporation give a collation to Dr. Jacob, for his love and favour to the city, in repairing Wincheap gate.
1770. The building, over Wincheap-gate, is taken down, at the particular request of the inhabitants of St. Mildred's, it being in a very ruinous and dangerous state. HT
Wincheap gate, published May 29, 1784 by S. Hooper
Wincheap Gate, situated near the old Castle, was taken down some years since, to make the street more suitable for public accommodation; on each side the wall where it stood are the words "Welcome," and "Farewell," addressed to strangers entering and leaving the city. 1838 directory
"Wincheap-gate was probably erected for public use in the stead of the ancient Worthgate, when it was found inconvenient, that the public road of the city should lead in a strait line so close by the castle, through the midst of the bayle of it; the ancient Worthgate being after this, as it should seem reserved only for the use of the castle, and the public road changed and made to take a circular course round the outside of the castle wall and ditch, where it continued as such, till within these few years, when Worthgate was again opened for that purpose, as more commodious; but the ward of the city still bears the name of Worthgate ward. This gate of Wincheap was taken down with the others above-mentioned a few years ago for public convenience." HT
"Wincheap-gate was probably erected for public use, instead of the ancient Worthgate, "when it was found inconvenient that the public road of the city should lead in a line so close by the castle, through the midst of the bayle of it," the ancient Worthgate being thus reserved solely for the use of the castle. Wincheap-gate was also taken down for public convenience."
© T. Machado 2007