Alnwick Town Walls (Alnwick)
The Earl of Northumberland was given permission by the King Henry V to build walls around Alnwick in 1434. It took a long time to build the walls, and they were not completed for over fifty years. They were 2m thick and over 6m high. Each of its four entrances were defended by strong towers. The wall ran from Hotspur Street and Green Batt to the site of the Clayport Gate, along Dispensary Street to Pottergate. Pottergate is an 18th century rebuilding of the original medieval gate. The wall continued down Northumberland Street across to Narrow Gate, At this point it joined the defences of Alnwick Castle. Despite its size, nothing remains of the walls today.
|Historical period:||Medieval (1066 to 1540)|
|Legal status:||Conservation area|
Scheduled Ancient Monument
|Event(s):||WATCHING BRIEF, Greenwell Road, Alnwick 2001; Bernicia Archaeology|
TRIAL TRENCH, Beal's Yard, Alnwick 2002; Tyne and Wear Museums
WATCHING BRIEF, Electricity cable installation at Hotspur Street and Bondgate Without, Alnwick 2010; Bamburgh Research Project
Source of Reference
Local History of Alnwick
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