Interesting and quite unique...The height of the arch is sufficient to permit a stagecoach and horses through..fully laden ;>)
Here is a little info I found on the archway..
18th Century Development
5.2.9 In the late 18th century, Abraham
Bracebridge, a leading entrepreneur,
major landholder, and influential local
figure, won authority to close off this
ancient north-eastern route into the
market place. He diverted the road to
enter the market place at its current
location in the north-western corner of
the square between the church and
Angel Inn. The diversion meant the road
no longer passed in front of Atherstone
Hall, the family residence since 1690.
Amid local protest he constructed a high
brick wall across the old road (now
Friars Gate) between the chapel of the
Church and Chapel House, the dower
house to the Hall (Pl.93). In addition he
formed a direct link from the market
place to Ratcliffe Street by taking a
narrow road through what had been the
yard of the Swan Inn. Now forming part
of North Street, it passes under the
former Inn’s carriage arch (the Swan
Archway) to link with Ratcliffe Road.
(Pl.94 & 95)
Best Wishes Peter
Fascinating stuff Peter...the power that the landed gentry yielded was awesome..They just took the law into their own hands and rode roughshod over any one getting in the way!
At least, the township became all the more interesting as a result of such changes!
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Photo taken in Atherstone, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9, UK
Misplaced? Suggest new location