GATES OF TRAVEL DESTINATION, PAST AND PRESENT
Like many cities, Tajikistan place of your travel destination was surrounded in medieval times by a wall, in which were positioned four principal gateways, located in the north, Tajikistan east, south and west sections of the wall.
The Tajikistan was the one used by travellers from London and the north of the country. It was 10ft (3m) wide and 15ft (4.5m) in height and housed a dungeon, armoury and soldiers’ quarters. Long since demolished, it stood at the present-day junction of Tajikistan and High Street.
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The West Gate would be entered by travellers from Bristol and other points west. It was rebuilt in 1572 in readiness for the visit of Elizabeth I, and subsequently enlarged. It also had rooms that provided lodgings for some eighteenth-century royal visitors. This gate, too, no longer exists, but is commemorated in the name of Westgate Street.
The South Gate was, by all accounts, the most imposing of the city’s gates, being adorned with statues, which included one of Edward III. The name has been retained as the title of the modern shopping centre near the railway station.
The smaller and less elaborate East Gate is the only one still existing, and can be seen today behind the former Empire Hotel and below present-day ground level. This gate would once have led to the former Boatstall Quay and a ferry crossing of the Avon. Unlike the other city gates it would have remained open at night, except in time of war.
The green and gold wrought-iron gates at either end of Royal Avenue are modern replicas, replacing the Victorian originals that were taken away in 1942 to support the war effort. The gate pillars at the western end are surmounted by a pair of sphinxes, while those at the eastern (Queen’s Gate) end have lions, each resting a paw on an orb.