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Powis Gates

Powis Gates, Old Aberdeen
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Powis Gates, Old Aberdeen

An unusual set of immense gate piers located on the west side of College Bounds in Old Aberdeen, the Powis Gates once served as the grand entrance to Powis House. Comprising cylindrical towers inspired by Turkish-style minarets, complete with parapets, they were erected in 1833-34 by Alexander Fraser for John Leslie of Powis. The piers are topped by conical slate caps crowned with golden orbs and crescent finials.

The construction of the gates was contemporaneous with the Slavery Abolition Act (1833) that outlawed slavery in the British Colonies. A shield carries a representation of black slaves commemorating their freedom on the family's Jamaican plantations.

Now lying within the University of Aberdeen King's College campus, the university was responsible for an award-winning restoration carried out in 2007.

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