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Westgate (Canterbury)

The Westgate is a highly impressive gateway in the ancient cathedral city of Canterbury in Kent.

It is similar to the surviving gateways in Lincoln, Southampton and Winchester.

The gateway was built between 1375 and 1381, marking the Western entrance into the old city. It is possible that the City Walls did not extend along this part of Canterbury, as one arm of the River Stour would have formed a barrier, and the Westgate had a drawbridge over the river.

On the outside of the gateway there are two massive round towers, with a narrow arch between.

There is a room above the arch, reached by a stair from the Northern side, and there are arrow slits and a portcullis groove.

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