Newcastle Town Wall :: Shared Description

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
by Andrew Curtis
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NZ2464 : West Walls at Back Stowell Street by Andrew Curtis
NZ2464 : Town Wall between Bath Lane and West Walls by Andrew Curtis
NZ2464 : Newcastle town wall east of St Andrew's Street by Andrew Curtis
NZ2464 : Morden Tower, Back Stowell Street by Andrew Curtis
NZ2464 : Morden Tower, Newcastle Town Wall by Andrew Curtis
NZ2464 : West Walls north of Morden Tower by Andrew Curtis
NZ2464 : West Walls, near Stowell Street by Andrew Curtis
NZ2464 : St Andrew's Churchyard by Andrew Curtis
NZ2464 : Town Wall, Newgate Street by Andrew Curtis
NZ2564 : Sandgate Steps by Andrew Curtis
NZ2564 : New Bridge Street West by Andrew Curtis
NZ2464 : Pilgrim Street by Andrew Curtis
NZ2563 : Wesley Memorial Fountain, Quayside by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : Turner's Building, Pink Lane by Andrew Curtis
NZ2464 : Remains of Ever Tower, Newcastle Town Wall by Andrew Curtis
NZ2564 : Corner Tower and Gardener’s cottage, City Road by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : Pape's Building, Pink Lane by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : Breakneck Stairs and the Hanging Gardens by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : Circus Casino, Forth Street by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : Copthorne Hotel, Close by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : The Grainger Town Sculptural Map, Neville Street by Andrew Curtis
NZ2463 : Remains of Newcastle Town Wall, off Orchard Street by Andrew Curtis
NZ2464 : West Walls town wall and ditch by Andrew Curtis
NZ2564 : Sallyport Tower by Andrew Curtis
NZ2464 : Herber Tower by Andrew Curtis

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Created: Sat, 20 Nov 2010, Updated: Sun, 23 Nov 2014

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