On 23 Apr 2007, at 09:21, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Thanks to everyone for the reponses to my initial enquiry, I now have
> a picture of where the Stannergate was/is, but I now have the question
> of how may 'gaits' Dundee actually had and the purpose of them? Thanks
> for any help, Donna
The thing to bear in mind is that the old word "gait", changed in
spelling to the modern "gate", was a word meaning road.
The purpose of a road? To get from anywhere to Dundee! The gates
allowing access through the city walls were known as the various
Gatewise in Dundee, we had/have:-
Fluker Gate - now Nethergate, the low road. Originally Flukergait
because fishers of flukes (a species of fish) resided there as the sea
came right up to the back of where Grouchos is now.
Argyle Gate - now Overgate, the high road. Led from Mercat Gate to
Argyle Port, now known as West Port.
Mercat Gate - now High Street.
Murraygate, going from High Street to Wellgate.
Wellgate - the road to Wellgate Port and Our Lady's Well at the foot of
Seagate, as mentioned, previously known as St. Mary's Gate and Lady
Cowgate, which led from Murraygate to the East Port, roughly where
Wishart's Arch is now.
Stannergate, as mentioned.
Marketgait - a 1960s/70s development; the inner ring road, as
previously mentioned.; split into North, East, South and West.
Billgates - all powerful leader from the dark side of Wintelworld.
Have a look at the map below for graphical info:-
Use the buttons at the bottom of the map to pan left/right/up/down and
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