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Moorgate

Moorgate. As the name suggests this was the site of one of the gates in the old City wall. The first Moor gate was cut into the wall in 1415 to give access to the moorland lying to the north of London. As the wall crumbled during the 18th century the gate was demolished in 1760. The thoroughfare called Moorgate was built in 1846 and, in fact, runs from the site of the old gate.

The moor itself was virtually uninhabited and remained un¬used throughout the Middle Ages except by crowds of ice skaters who gathered in the winter months. As the area was built up over the years, The Moorfields became London's first civic park and today places such as Finsbury Square and Finsbury Circus are part of the original Moor.

The station was opened as MOORGATE STREET on 23 December 1865 and re-named MOORGATE on 24 October 1924. The Northern Line station, always called MOORGATE, was opened on 25 February 1900.




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