7/28/2004
 


In Roman times the land was part of the wall that defended the city – hence the name Barbican which means “fortified outpost or gateway”. In the 11th century, a The Church of St Giles Cripplegate was built in the area, named Cripplegate possibly because “the covered gateway was a more comfortable place for cripples to beg for alms”. They may also have been attracted because St Giles is the patron saint for cripples, blacksmiths and beggars. (I wonder if blacksmiths hung about waiting for alms too? I’d want some alms - whatever they are - especially if my patron saint had lumped me together with the beggars and cripples. “Give me some alms!” I’d shout, waving my anvil.)
 

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