NZ2564 : Sallyport Tower

taken 8 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Sallyport Tower
Sallyport Tower
Walknoll, Sallyport or (Ships) Carpenters' Tower was originally a tower on the C14 Town Wall which had been realigned to include the district of Pandon. It was constructed around 1307 at a point on a small hill where the wall changed direction and was rectangular rather than the usual D-shape of the other wall towers. In 1716 the Shipwrights' Company enlarged the tower, and built a hall on the first floor with access by stairs at the East end. The Company retained it until the mid-C19 after which it had a number of uses and was rescued from dereliction and possibly demolition in the 1960s. It is a Grade I, Listed Building.
Tyne and Wear HER(1562): Newcastle town wall, Wallknoll or Sallyport Tower LinkExternal link
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
Sunday, 24 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 28 January, 2010
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Tower   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2547 6414 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.2739N 1:36.2198W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2550 6415
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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