During the reign of Maegor I Targaryen, the king had his own wife and queen, Alys Harroway, tortured to death and executed. Following her death, Alys's body was cut into seven parts and mounted on spikes above each of the seven gates of the city, one of which was above the Old Gate.
During the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Staunton's head was taken to the capital after the Battle at Rook's Rest and mounted above the Old Gate. The following year, a massive riot broke out in the city. The captains of the Old Gate and Dragon Gate managed to sally out and restore some semblance of order to the streets north and east of Rhaenys's Hill.