A tremendous source of confusion
for tourists in the city of York
York is a walled city
, and was the viking
capital of England
. This has led to the word 'gate' (from viking 'gata
') being used for streets, such as Stonegate
The confusion arises because many of these roads lead to the walls, and gates through them. However, gate
s are the streets, and the holes in the walls are called bar
- Monkgate is a street.
- Monkgate bar is the gate through the wall at the end of Monkgate.
Many other English and Scottish towns and cities who have had viking influences use gate
to name streets.
also suffers the gate/bar problem although the tourists have more to occupy them, so it doesn't show as much. Examples are Bishopsgate
, Temple Bar
(the newer west gate, west of Ludgate
) (Thanks to Tiefling for pointing this out)