Newcastle upon Tyne in Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
The building now known as the Black Gate was originally the barbican of the Castle. A barbican is a heavily defended gateway which sticks out from the main wall. bbn The barbican was built at an angle to the main wall so that the approach to the walls and the main gate near the Keep could be effectively covered by archers and crossbowmen. Inside the archway you can see the grooves which once housed the wooden doors and the Portcullis.
The drum shaped towers on the side represent the shape of the original barbican – the upper floors and roof were added in the 1600s.
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An artist's impression of how the Black Gate might have looked as a medieval barbican.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles.
Location. 54° 58.159′ N, 1° 36.643′ W. Marker is in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, in Northumberland. Marker can be reached from the intersection of St. Nicholas Street and The Black Gate, on the right when traveling north. Located at Newcastle Castle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE1 1RQ, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Heron (here, next to this marker); The Heron Pit (a few steps from this marker); Medieval Castle (a few steps from this marker); Norman Castle (a few steps from this marker); Pons Aelius (a few steps from this marker); St. Nicholas Cathedral (a few steps from this marker); The Black Gate (a few steps from this marker); Turning Bridge (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.