Be Ye Sure To Shut The Gate

Published 9 March 2014

Be Ye Sure To Shut The Gate

The Coast to Coast is not just home to messages left on gates, but also poetry too.

High up on the North York Moors, the Coast to Coast passes by a microwave radio station, and in earlier times owners British Telecom erected an information panel to inform people of what went on there.

The sign was positively ancient – a fact revealed by the presence of BT’s T logo that was abandoned in 1991 – but had had a slightly more recent message added on by some unknown person.

Be ye man or be ye woman
Be ye going or be ye comin
Be ye soon or be ye late
Be ye sure to shut the gate

Beacon Hill Microwave Station info panel

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4 October 2015 at 1:47 am

Any one know the origin of above, have heavy iron piece with
man guan wumman comin be ye sune or be ye late sure to shut this gate. If anyone knows anything about appreciate help. Thanks


15 November 2016 at 3:41 am

It’s an 18th century Scottish proverb, if memory serves.

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