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Bargate, Southampton CC39_00472

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Filename: cc39_00472.jpg

Size: 4996 x 3792 (11.6MB)

Date: 20th July 2011

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

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Bargate, Southampton CC39_00472

BARGATE, Southampton, Hampshire. Exterior view looking south through the medieval gatehouse at the northern entrance to the town. Workmen pose with their cart in front of the gate. Photographed in 1885 by Henry Taunt

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Gate Medieval Road Town Victorian


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EDITORS COMMENTS
Bargate, Southampton: A Journey Through Time This evocative photograph captures the medieval Bargate, the northern entrance to the historic town of Southampton, Hampshire, as it looked in 1885. The image, expertly captured by renowned Victorian photographer Henry Taunt, invites us to step back in time and explore the rich history of this ancient English town. The Bargate, a magnificent example of medieval architecture, stands proudly in the foreground, its intricate stonework and towering gatehouse a testament to the craftsmanship of a bygone era. The gate, which dates back to the 13th century, was once the primary entrance to the town and served as a crucial defensive structure during times of conflict. In this photograph, workmen pause in front of the gate, their cart loaded with goods, adding a sense of activity and life to the scene. The cobblestone road, lined with buildings that show signs of Victorian-era renovations, leads us deeper into the heart of the town. The horses and wagons, a common sight during this period, add to the authenticity of the image, transporting us back to a time when life moved at a slower pace. The Bargate, with its rich history and architectural significance, remains a cherished symbol of Southampton's past. This photograph, a beautiful snapshot of a bygone era, serves as a reminder of the town's rich history and its enduring connection to the past. Henry Taunt's masterful composition and use of light and shadow bring this historic scene to life, allowing us to appreciate the beauty and charm of Southampton's medieval past.

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