John Waple armorial plaque (1621)

Written by castle-keep

John Waple was a merchant in Jacobean Athlone. This plaque bears a coat of arms and the inscription 1621 ERECTED BY JOHN WAPLE MARCHANT. The implication was that Waple had been granted arms as a testament to his status and wealth. This would have helped to underpin his commercial reliability. This plaque was recovered from an external wall in Custume Place, the probable location of his business.
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North Gate lock and key (1613)

Written by castle-keep

This massive iron padlock and key were used to secure the North Gate. Its face is inscribed with its date of 1613, which is shown in Roman numerals. The gatehouse was located at the junction of North Gate Street and Lucas Lane. Built in 1578, it was demolished in 1840.

The name of the street today – Northgate Street reflects its time as the location of a gatehouse for almost 200 years. It was very important from about 1570 onwards to have a wall, without one you were seen as a ‘poor naked village’ while having one gave you prestige and offered defence.