Medieval Newcastle - Page 2

The Town walls


The Town walls - South wall. Newcsatle has the third most complete surviving town wall in England after York and Chester, though much of the remains are hidden in back lanes or behind later buildings.

Above and above right - Forth Lane, the section of wall overlooking the River Tyne. At one time a brewery stood on this site and the wall effectivly partitioned the building into two sections. The building was demolished and the wall opened up in the mid 1990's.

Right - The section of wall running up the hill from the Tyne to Forth Lane. There would originally have been a gate into the town at this point., but it was demolished during the redevelopment of the riverside in the 19th Century.

Above left - The West Wall. Part of the wall with a curtain tower (still in use as a meeting room) at the rear of Stowell Street in Newcastle's Chinatown area.

Above - A small postern gate which used to link Blackfriars Monastery with the monastery lands, cut off from the friars when the wall was built.

Left - A corner tower. The wall to the left of the tower is the outside of the wall (above left). The gate (above) is hidden behind the tower

Above - the East Wall. The Pandon Tower overlooking the old harbour (filled in and used for building land in Elizabethan times).

Above right - Another view of the Pandon Tower

Right - A section of the East wall now forming the base of a retaining wall for the road above.