there was only four entrances (or gates) into the walled city
i.e. Bishop’s Gate, Shipquay Gate, Ferryquay Gate and
Gate – arranged in a cross pattern
with the Diamond at its centre. Drawbridges and portcullises were
used to protect some of the Gates when under attack. Later were
added New Gate (1789), Castle Gate (1803) and Magazine Gate (1865).
The original gates were themselves re-built in the 18th and 19th
centuries. Between 1805 and 1810 the actual wooden gates
were removed from all of the Gates.
Old map of the City Walls with the original four gates highlighted.