The solution to last weeks Picture Number 9 –
Monk Bar, the largest and most ornate of the bars, dates from the early 14th century. It was a self-contained fortress, with each floor capable of being defended. On the front of the bar is an arch supporting a gallery, including ‘murder-holes’ through which missiles and boiling water could be rained down upon attackers. Monk Bar has the city’s only working portcullis, in use until 1970. Like the other main gateways, Monk Bar originally had a barbican on the front but this was demolished in 1825.
The rooms above the gateway have had various uses over the years. The Bar once contained Little Ease prison, which once housed Alice Bowman in what was a tiny prison cell, measuring just 1.6 metres across. Bowman was imprisoned for her Catholic beliefs during Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
Picture Number 10 :-
I am just a number – but where am I ?
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