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In areas of Scandinavian settlement in northern and eastern England ‘gate’ meant a road. Thus, many of the streets of York, e.g. Stonegate, Petergate, Micklegate, have this suffix. The Old English geat, meaning ‘pass’ or ‘gap’, has sometimes developed into yat, as in Symonds Yat in the Wye Valley.

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