St John's Gate
St John's Gate
St John's Gate is the former gatehouse for the Clerkenwell priory of the Knights of Saint John - the Knights Hospitallers. Built in 1504, the gatehouse suffered much decay and patchy attempts at restoration over the years; much of what is left is well-meant Victorian stonework.
The gatehouse has many historic associations; Samuel Johnson worked here and engraver William Hogarth lived in the building as a child from 1701-1709. Hogarth's father opened a coffee house on the site. It has also served as a tavern but is now the offices of the Order of St John and houses a museum dedicated to the Order and the associated St. John Ambulance.