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Magazine Gateway: Description of the Monument

The Magazine Gateway is located at the western end of Newarke Street. The building, circa 1410, is a mediaeval gateway added to Leicester Castle by the Third Earl of Leicester. It is a Grade I Listed Building, and is not within a Conservation Area. It is officially included within the Leicester Castle monument, but is on a detached site. Reference Number: SM1712702.

Ashlar masonry (sandstone), three storeys, rectangular on plan. Bertizans at angles and domed octagonal stair turret. Restored parapet. Moulded four-centred arches to pedestrian and carriageways to east, only one wider arch on west, with tierceron-vault. Rectangular windows with moulded labels, mostly Victorian restoration, deeply recessed one, two or three-light stone mullion windows with cusped head lights. The Drill Hall extension of 1894 in facsimile on south has been demolished. The upper floor is divided into two large rooms with a huge fireplace on the left side. There is a spiral staircase leading to the upper floor.


The Magazine


The Magazine Gateway is administered by Leicester Museums Service, and is occasionally open for public viewing (more information about Magazine Gateway Museum).

For further information about the Magazine Gateway and Leicester Castle, contact the City Archaeologist in the Design and Conservation Team.


The map below is based upon OS Mapping with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office. © Crown copyright. All rights reserved. Leicester City Council Licence 100019264 (2009).


Map of the Magazine Gateway