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Westgate (Winchester)

The massive Westgate in the ancient Hampshire city of Winchester is the only survivor of the original four in the City Walls.

It stands at the top of Winchester's High Street, which is probably the oldest continually used main street in the country. It was certainly the main street in Roman times.

The Westgate is on the site of a Roman gate into Winchester.

It was built in the 13th century, with the upper part being added about 1400, and was well fortified. The grooves of the portcullis are still visible, as are the holes from which missiles and boiling oil could be hurled at attackers.

In the 17th century, the gate became a debtors' prison.

Today, it houses a small museum, including ancient weights and measures, the moot horn and the city champion's costume.

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