This arch represents a bit of English history, above and beyond its association with St. Bart's. In 1381 on this spot, Richard II met with Wat Tyler during the Peasants' Revolt. Tyler came out the worst for the meeting -- he was killed by London's mayor, William Walworth, after he reached for the bridle of the king's horse. Note that the pillars upon which the arch originally stood have vanished. The ornaments at the bases of the orders of the arch were added at a much later date.

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