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Friday, 26 August 2011

York Water Gates

Tucked away in Embankment gardens these gates once in front of York House leading directly onto the Thames. York House was one of the mansions on the Strand built around 1237 for the Bishops of Norwich. Although it was not known as York house until 1556 when acquired by the Archbishop of York. The water gates pictured here were an addition in 1626 during the period the property was owned by George Villers 1st Duke of Buckingham.
Construction of Embankment in Victorian times meant the gates were no longer on the Thames banks. Where York House once stood is now modern office buildings. The gates do seem a little out of place but are a reminder of what once was here.

12 comments:

Majid Ali said...

Please help me for Christ sake

Adullamite said...

Good historic picture this. That is the type of thing that gets removed when your back is turned.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I love it when they at least leave a little reminder of times gone by, we have a few arches that once stood in front of very interesting old buildings that were knocked down and unlike you guys in UK and Europe we don't have that many to lose!! Nice shot Mo.

jabblog said...

Incongruous but beautiful.

Luis Gomez said...

Very nice Mo.

Caroline said...

Never seen them before. Looks like Henry VIII could have been welcomed through them - they are so grand.

Sharon said...

What wonderful design on these gates. You are so right, they don't match the buildings behind very well but, they certainly are worth keeping as a reminder of what was there before those more modern structures.

Karine said...

Lovely! I would have left the mansion too, but I suppose it must have burned down at some point as so many palaces and grand houses in London did!

Gemel said...

A time of elegance perhaps, or is that simply romantic thinking? I will stick to elegance I think, I often wish I could transport myself back into the days of olde.....
Have a great weekend Mo

Jack said...

The gates are absolutely spectacular, Mo. At least they survive.

/t. said...

nice, mo

your architectural
shots are getting better

× × ×

/t.

Alan said...

This is a nice shot. Is it HDR?

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