At the junction of Kingsway and Wilmslow Road, The Gateway was built in the 1930s, as a hotel and public house. The adjacent houses were built a few years earlier, in what had been a rural area, until the early 1900s. Now the A34, Kingsway is a former turnpike or toll road leading south. The bar across this private road was lifted only on payment of a toll. The toll bar was situated near The Gateway.