NZ2464 : Durham Tower, Town Wall

taken 8 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Durham Tower, Town Wall
Durham Tower, Town Wall
Durham Tower was built for defence along the west side of the 13C-14C Town Walls. This stretch of wall runs parallel to Bath Lane and turns in a north-easterly direction at Herber Tower just past Stowell Street whose junction is visible in the centre of the photo. There is another view of the tower here NZ2464 : The Durham Tower
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Newcastle Town Wall :: NZ2563
Built in the C13th century to protect the expanding town from Scottish raiders, Newcastle’s Town Wall was an impressive structure. It was approximately 3km / 2 miles long, up to 2m / 7ft thick and approximately 7.6m / 25ft high. It enclosed the Castle and its Black Gate as well as the main medieval commercial district along the quayside and all the ground northwards to St. Andrews Church. The wall had seven main gateways, 17 towers and 30 turrets. A section of the Wall was extended along the quayside to protect the properties of wealthy merchants from water-borne attack.

Only short sections of the curtain wall now survive as much was demolished in the C19th to aid redevelopment and access. Only five of the original towers have survived.

Wikipedia has a full description and a map LinkExternal link
Historical Account by Eneas Mackenzie (1827) LinkExternal link

More images on Geograph can be found with this search LinkExternal link

National Trails walk around the town walls LinkExternal link

Tyne and Wear HER(1507): Newcastle town wall LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 15 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 16 January, 2010
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Town walls   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2438 6412 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.2664N 1:37.2414W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2438 6411
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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