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The Gates Of The City

January 1, 2024
by the gentle author

There is still time to join THE GENTLE AUTHOR’S TOUR OF SPITALFIELDS this afternoon at 2pm


For a while, I have been seeking a set of prints of the City gates to show you and, over the festive period, I came upon these handsome Players Cigarette Cards from the Celebrated Gateways series published in 1907. As we contemplate the going-out of the old year and the coming-in of the new, they give me the ideal opportunity to send you my wishes for your happiness in 2024.

You may also like to take a look at these other sets of cigarette cards

John Player’s Cries of London

More John Player’s Cries of London

Faulkner’s Street Cries

Julius M Price’s London Types

6 Responses leave one →
  1. Christine permalink
    January 1, 2024

    I do love these cards as so interesting! Also the origin of the names of the gates!
    Happy New Year and health and prosperity for 2024 x

  2. January 1, 2024

    Happy New Year! It seems that the 1770s were rather like the 1970s when town planners thought it a good idea to knock down historic buildings in the name of progress. Fortunately, we have one gate, remarkably similar to many of these structures, here in Worcester, called the Edgar Tower. We also have Water Gate on the banks of the Severn which is similar in style to Traitors’ Gate. There is also a City walk around the sites of all of the other gates that have been demolished. It is a pity that London only now has the place names to remember them by. However, the London Wall Walk is one on my list for this year.
    Thank you dear GA for all of your fascinating posts in 2023 and once again, I bid you a Happy New Year.

  3. Cherub permalink
    January 1, 2024

    I live a short way from the medieval gate to St Alban in Basel and never tire of walking through it (St Alban Tor). I also love the huge gate in the district of Spalen (Spalentor). Basel is full of historic treasures like this, it’s worth a visit.

  4. DR. CHARLES JENKINS permalink
    January 1, 2024

    I enjoyed these cards. Sad that there is not of Mile End Gate.

  5. January 1, 2024

    Thanks for all the stories from London’s East End so far — I’m looking forward to the next ones in the new year!

    +++ A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2024! +++
    +++ EIN FROHES NEUES JAHR 2024! +++
    +++ UNE BONNE ANNÉE 2024! +++

    Love & Peace

  6. Ros permalink
    January 1, 2024

    Ah cigarette cards, how I used to love them, the Wikipedia of their day! But you can’t collect Wikipedia items in the way you could those cards. Is there anything to beat the joys of collecting and the triumph of finding just the one you were looking for to add to or complete a particular set? These Celebrated Gateways are lovely and look they were a set of 50. I wonder if there were pictures of gates in places other than London. It doesn’t really do to consider the excess cases of lung cancer serious collecting might have involved!

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