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York City Walls

Posted: September 12, 2018 in History, Medieval History, UK, York
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I think one of the most attractive things about York as a city is the city walls. These are almost complete except for one section to the north of the city and you are able to walk around the city upon them. It merely gives you an idea of what a medieval walled city might have been like.

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One of the fascinating aspects of the city walls is that they have been refurbished and rebuilt over a number of years and as a result show a number of different styles of defensive wall building.

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Views of York (3)

Posted: February 7, 2014 in History, UK, York
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Fairfax House

Fairfax House

Clifford's tower

Clifford’s tower

Cathedral from the Suburbs

Cathedral from the Suburbs

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Tower on city wall

Tower on city wall

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Lendal tower in York forms part of the defensive curtain of the city wall.

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It protected both a crossing from the south side of the river by rope ferry and also controlled River access to the city from upstream. The tower dates from the 13th century and was built as a partner for the Barker tower, which stands on the south side of the river. At night an iron chain would be strung between the two towers to prevent boats entering the city during the hours of darkness. It was also used during times of unrest and war to prevent river access to the city.

Lendal Tower

Lendal Tower

Barker Tower

Barker Tower

Today they form the two ends of Lendal Bridge, which until recently has been one of the major access roads to the city centre and it would be easy to imagine that they were built to guard access via the bridge. However this is not an ancient bridge site and the earliest bridge here only dates from the middle 1800s.

I think one of the great things about the completeness of the city walls in York is that most of the original gateways remain in place. They vary considerably from the very simple to those which are much more elaborate and includes accommodation within them. In some cases the original accommodation over the gates has been converted at a later date to provide more hospitable accommodation for the people living there.

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