Pulpit Gate (Town Wall)

From Historical Hastings

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Pulpit Gate (Town Wall)
General information
AddressAll Saints Street

This was the smallest of the three gates in the Town Wall and was a postern gate situated at the bottom of All Saints Street. A number of steps had to be descended to access the gate and, from the resemblance to the two-decker pulpits of the period became known as The Pulpit Gate.[1] This gate was possibly rebuilt around 1380 and referred to subsequently also as the 'New Gate'[2]

Any wheeled vehicle or person on horseback needing access to the Stonebeach would have to turn west down East Bourne Street to pass through the Bourne Gate.[1] The name of Pulpit Gate is now preserved by means of being adopted by a house adjacent to the original gate's location.


References & Notes

  1. a b Historic Hastings ISBN: 0948869003 ISBN: 9780948869006 (J. Manwaring Baines) 2nd ed. pg. 189
  2. The Antiquities of Hastings and the Battlefield (Thomas Cole 1864) Pg. 43 Google Books - 1864 ESCC Library. A later edition is also available: ESCC Library - 1884