Gatehouses would have been all the rage in medieval England and this Gatehouse, a rare combination of a 13th century stone arch topped with a 16th century Tudor structure, is undoubtedly one of London’s best examples.
Amazingly, this hybrid gateway to St Bartholomew’s Church was covered for many years by Victorian builders, who were clearly not concerned with the heritage of the building beneath.
Equally amazing, the original building was only discovered during the First World War, when a bomb dropped by a Zeppelin Airship landed nearby and from the resulting blast revealed the medieval gateway.
It is sometimes said that the Germans, ‘by trying to bomb our present, helped reveal our past’. Did in this case.