Micklegate Bar was one of the most important bar of York as suggested in its name (Mickle meaning of great importance). It was built in the early twelfth century and comprises of three storeys. The Micklegate Bar was updated to include a portcullis in the fourteenth century and a barbican was also built to strengthen its defences. It was where all royals from the past to present where greeted and pass through with Micklegate being historically the gateway from the road to London. Many traitorous heads have been displayed on the bar from Richard Duke of York in 1461 to four of the members of the Farnley Wood Conspirators in 1663. Today it is home to the Micklegate Museum which casts its eyes on the Bars history.
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