The Aldgate High Street is an important part of the ancient London’s history. It is believed to have been among the six gates that led to the Wall of London. From the Eastern part of the old Roman Wall, it headed to an Essex’s town, the Colchester. Due to its accessibility from the outside areas, it became a vital part of the ancient London. But since no archaeological remains of the Roman gate or its specific location have been recorded to date, it is only thought to be the gate’s north border.
Different archaeologists have recorded various contradicting theories about the origin of the term “Aldgate.” For instance, its first record has it named the East Gate. And from its location from the Wall, it makes sense. Others have it as the “All Gate” and now the common name, the “Ale Gate.” All of the theories, however, has it as a favourite tourist destination. But the seemingly most agreed definition of it is the “Old Gate,” which symbolizes its ancientness from the Roman times.
In its time, the Aldgate High Street was the home to many taverns and inns which accommodated travellers who went through its area in London. But unfortunately, there only a few remnants of the structures or sites dating back to the time. Some of them that were there before the Great Fire include the Hoop and Grapes pub which was among the northern end buildings. The pub built in 1593 was among the few wooden structures that survived the 1666 fire.
Today, however, the Hoop and Grapes pub looks much more like it was during the Tudor period, with only a few old remains like the jetties and the cellar. Whilst Aldgate is a mere walking distance to the old Financial district of London, it makes it perfect for rentals on Airbnb and Booking.com as you can make fantastic yields from a 1-Bedroom flat using short-term lettings.
Another building from the time is the St. Botolph’s. It was a Church whose site has lasted for over a thousand years. The Church houses monuments and the remains of people like Lord Dacre, Thomas, and Sir Nicholas Carew of Beddington, and like most medieval churches, it is still celebrated by the nearby communities.