Market Street Atherstone, with North Street passing through the building

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Comments (3)

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on October 27, 2009

Interesting and quite unique...The height of the arch is sufficient to permit a stagecoach and horses through..fully laden ;>)

Cheers Peter


pedrocut on November 1, 2009

Hi Jim

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

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on November 1, 2009

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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