Fishergate & Victoria Bar’s York England

Fishergate Bar Audio Guide

Fishergate Bar and Victoria Bar Audio Guide

Fishergate Bar Quick Facts

  • Fishergate Bar is a smaller gateway into the city without a roomed structure.
  • Fishergate Bar was constructed in 1315 which is identified in one of the red stones above the arch.
  • It was once bricked up after a revolt of the peasants and was reopened again in 1834.
  • Through the arch townwards, you will notice a church on the left with the gravestone of Dick Turpin the famous highwayman.

Where to Find Fishergate Bar

Fishergate Bar resides on the opposite side of the road to the Barbican Centre.

Fishergate Bar in More Detail

Fishergate Bar is the smallest of the main gateways into the city. It was first recorded in 1315 and the red stone that is painted just above the arch reveals the date of the current structure as 1487.  Two years after, the gate was attacked and damaged by the peasants against Henry VII. After the attack, the bar was bricked up until 1827.  The bar was opened again to give better access to the cattle market in 1834.  Today it is a thoroughfare to Fawcett Street for pedestrians and cyclists. Through this structure you will see George Street and St Georges Church where the grave of DickTurpin resides.

The red stone reveals the date of construction of Fishergate Bar.
The red stone reveals the date of construction of Fishergate Bar.

The battle of Fulford occurred just down the road from Fishergate in 1066 where the Vikings overcame the Saxons. However, the Saxons overcame the Vikings at a later date at Stamford Bridge just five days after.  The more well known battle occurred, the Battle of Hastings, happened just 3 weeks later when the Normans lead by William the Conqueror conquered the Saxons.

Victoria Bar York England

Victoria Bar is relatively modern in terms of the history of the city walls. This is because the gateway was constructed in Victorian times, hence the name. It was opened in 1838 to allow access between Nunnery Lane and Bishop Hill. More interestingly, the remains of a more historical structure was found underneath it that may have looked similar to a smaller version of Micklegate Bar. This would have dated back as far as the 12th century and would have been a secluded gateway.