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Caption for Alnwick, the Hotspur Gate c1950: Guarding the road from the south, the Hotspur Gate was built in 1450; a licence to fortify the Border town of Alnwick had been granted in 1434. Above the entrance there is a much-decayed lion rampant, emblem of the Percy family, and above that are corbels that once carried a machicolation to enhance the defensive capability of the flanking projections.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

Memories of Alnwick, the Hotspur Gate c1950

Hi, I used to travel via the great north road in the 1960s to near Durham, I can remember going through the arch above lots of times it was very narrow and you had to watch your car you could not speed then. Alnwick is a nice place and relatives of mine come from nearby lesbury, it definately made the difference when the by-pass was built it must have been a relief for the place.

How great was the Great North Road when it squeezed through these ancient gates until the early 1970s? Traffic built up on both sides waiting to get through. For a child this was the spot that marked where our holidays began, as it would only be another 15 miles or so to the cottage on the coast. It felt as if we were (...Read full memory)

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