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High Street Gate

This gate served as a small lock-up jail in the 14th century.  


The main entrance to the Cathedral Close in Salisbury, this gate once served as a holding for those convicted within the Liberty of the Close, a small lock-up jail that held its place within its constraints.

Assembled in the early 14th century; the gate’s architecture was constructed from a blend of rubble stone and ashlar. Over time, it underwent a series of alterations. Among these, a portcullis was added and later removed, while windows and a staircase were introduced in the late 15th century.

In the 17th century, a door was thoughtfully introduced to the Porter’s Lodge. This same building, which once served as a jail, evolved into a domicile for the attendants of kings and nobles during the medieval era. In 1901, the roof was replaced. 

Know Before You Go

These gates secure the Close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the private residents in the area. 

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