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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th May 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Adv of Marco Polo, Diamond Jim)
25th May 1878 Gilbert/Sullivans opera HMS Pinafore, premieres in London
One of the oririgal eight gates of the London Wall.
Location: Bishopsgate and Wormwood Street
Description: Above the side entrance to Boots here is where the Bishop's Gate, one of the original eight gates in the London Wall, used to stand. Above the door is a stone bishop's mitre, facing the Heron Tower.
The gate was originally Roman, and was rebuilt by the Hansa merchants in 1471 in exchange for Steelyard privileges, and often displayed the heads of criminals on spikes.
The final stone wall erected in 1735 by the City authorities and demolished in 1760.