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St John's Gate, London

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St John's Gate, in Clerkenwell, Middlesex, now within central London, is one of the few tangible remains from Clerkenwell's monastic past. It was built in 1504 by Prior Thomas Docwra as the south entrance to the inner precinct of Clerkenwell Priory, the English headquarters of the Knights of the Order of St John (known as the Knights Hospitaller).


The substructure is of brick, while the north and south façades are of stone. After centuries of decay and much rebuilding, very little of the stone facing is original. Heavily restored in the 19th century, the Gate today is in large part a Victorian recreation, the handiwork of a succession of architects—William P. Griffiths, R. Norman Shaw, and J. Oldrid Scott.
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  • The gate which dates from 1504 was originally part of a monastery. It was apparently restored during victorian times. Part of the city's history.  more »
  • Another of the mediaeval remnants that escaped the great fire. Built in 1504 it is quite a sight if you stumble upon it. But the real treasure is nearby in the St John Museum - now that was...  more »
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  • An old gate that used to be the main entrance way to the Order of St John. I saw this gate as part of the guided tour of Museum of St John and we were told that very little of the stone facing is original. Much of the gate house was heavily restored in the 19th century by the Victorians and they restored the building in a very sympathetic manner. A very impressive looking gate with all sorts of symbols related to the order. A most impressive looking gate. You'll likely see this if visiting the museum, but otherwise don't go out of the way.
  • Lovely museum.....special tours on certain days....well worth it...

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