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Sheep Gate Town Wall and Gate
 

County

Meath

Coordinates

N 53° 33' 19.0"   W 006° 47' 16.5"

Nearest town

Trim

Grid Ref.

N 80380 56817

Map No.

42

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

60

Date of visit

Tuesday 24 May 2011

GPS Accuracy (m)

8
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The Sheep Gate seen from the northwest.


In the 13th century a defensive wall was erected around Trim to defend the town and the castle. The access to the town was granted through five gates. Today only one of these gates survives, Sheep Gate, on the southeast side of the town. The other gates were Athboy Gate to the north, Water Gate to the west, Dublin Gate to the south and Navan Gate to the east. Though they were still in site in the 19th century, they are no longer there now, as for the the town walls that disappeared long time ago.
Today Sheep Gate is nothing more than an archway along a path on the north side of the River Boyne, between Trim castle and Yellow Steeple.


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