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Bewdley Town Gates

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Welch Gate; Dog Lane Gate; Tinkers Gate

In the civil parish of Bewdley.
In the historic county of Worcestershire.
Modern Authority of Worcestershire.
1974 county of Hereford and Worcester.
Medieval County of Worcestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO784753
Latitude 52.37541° Longitude -2.31752°

Bewdley Town Gates has been described as a certain Urban Defence.

There are no visible remains.


Medieval Bewdley had four gates. These were Welch Gate (HWCM 10692), Bridge Gate (HWCM 10693), Tinkers/Lax Gate (HWCM 10694) and Dog Lane Gate (HWCM 10695) (VCH 1924). The gates were large timber constructions with rooms above. Structural remains of the Dog Lane Gate were uncovered in 1959 (HWCM 10854). It has been suggested that the curved line of Dog Lane may mark the line of a town ditch (Slater 1991, 65-6). The late development of the town and the lack of documentary evidence for defences at Bewdley may indicate that the gates were intended to control traffic and exact tolls rather than form part of a defensive circuit (Jones and Bond 1987, 100).

Bewdley was an important transit port for iron goods from the Black Country, brought overland on pack animals and then shipped onto boats for transit down the Severn. It competed with Worcester for this trade and was, in the C18, succeeded by Stourport. The gates were undoubtable important in the control and taxation of this through trade which, in the early modern period, were to become the little remembered first leg of the Atlantic triangular slave trade.
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