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WALLS OF HISTORY In England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales

Extending Your Home

 

Audience:Professional Surveyors, or anyone with an interest in the history of the construction of walls.
Format:Paperback 380+ pages
Price:£42.50 (inc p&p)

FOREWORD

Many years ago, as a Building Surveying undergraduate I read a set-book on the early history of Town Planning in Britain, titled ‘City Fathers’ written by Colin and Rose Bell. The section of the book which really interested me was on the origin of city walls and the subject was introduced by quoting a translation of Caesar’s rather scornful observation of English settlements: “The Britons call it a town when they have fortified dense woodland with a rampart and ditch.” The authors explained that Roman power, like Roman culture, was immensely urban; where they went, their decision to stay can invariably be dated from their first town-plantation. Roman generals carried army-issue town planning schemes in their knapsacks, including where and how to construct city walls.

What followed the Roman invasion is chronicled here by Alex Frame in his well-researched and vividly presented gazetteer of the historic city walls of Britain. There are accounts of where and how the original structures were sometimes adopted, adapted, and destroyed by later civilisations. This book should stimulate the development of an understanding of these fascinating walls and their context within the growth and culture of our cities and towns.

Dr Stephen Cornish PhD MA BSC FRICS FFPWS

The writing of this book has come about through my working as a building surveyor who specialises in party walls and boundary disputes, about which I have written many books.

My interest in the construction of walls has followed on from the above and hence further study in the matter has produced this book, which mainly focuses on historic town walls and associated castles.

Very often there is little left to see of these fortified walls and castles today, but I have researched what I could, and much of the information in this book gives details about how the walls and castles came about rather than the exact construction of them, albeit I have attempted to cover that aspect as well.

Whilst this book is about how and why walls were built, it is also about how and why they were knocked down. Virtually every town today provides guided walking tours to enhance your knowledge of these old town walls, and they are very much worth the visit if you so desire.

The first town walls were built by the Romans when they first came to Britain in 43 AD. They were followed by the Anglo-Saxons, who used much of what the Romans had left, and then the Normans came in the 11th century and were also focused on building fortress castles.

Medieval towns then came into being whereby walls were built more for simple security rather than for military means and with the addition of gatehouses. Sadly, the English Civil Wars brought about much destruction of walls, strongholds, and castles in the 17th century. Even worse, a lot of town walls were simply demolished to make way for modern developments in the 18th century. Fortunately, the 20th century brought in a change of attitude to the upkeep and preservation of our history and the workings through archaeology has and is being continually undertaken.

Price (Inc P&P)

£42.50

CONTENTS

England 
Alnwick – Northumberland 35
Bath – Somerset 39
Berwick upon Tweed – Northumberland 41
Beverley – East Riding of Yorkshire 44
Bolsover – Derbyshire 46
Bridgnorth – Shropshire 49
Bristol – Bristol 51
Canterbury – Kent 54
Carlisle – Cumbria 58
Castle Acre – Norfolk 62
Chester – Cheshire 66
Chichester – West Sussex 71
Cirencester – Gloucestershire 74
Colchester – Essex 76
Corfe – Dorset 79
Coventry – West Midlands 83
Cricklade – Wiltshire 88
Dawley – Middlesex 90
Dover – Kent 92
Durham – County Durham 95
Exeter – Devon 97
Gloucester – Gloucestershire 101
Hadrian’s Wall – Northumberland 103
Hartlepool – County Durham 106
Hastings – East Sussex 108
Helmsley – North Yorkshire 112
Hereford – Herefordshire 115
Horncastle – Lincolnshire 119
Ilchester – Somerset 121
Kings Lynn – Norfolk 123
Kingston upon Hull – East Riding of Yorkshire 124
Langport – Somerset 128
Launceston – Cornwall 130
Leicester – Leicestershire 133
Lewes – East Sussex 137
Lincoln – Lincolnshire 138
London 143
Ludlow – Shropshire 147
Malmesbury – Wiltshire 149
Newark on Trent – Nottinghamshire 152
Newcastle upon Tyne – Tyne and Wear 156
Northampton – Northamptonshire 160
Norwich – Norfolk 163
Nottingham – Nottinghamshire 167
Oxford – Oxfordshire 171
Pickering – North Yorkshire 175
Poole – Dorset 177
Portsmouth – Hampshire 180
Richmond – North Yorkshire 183
Rochester – Kent 186
Rye – East Sussex 190
Salisbury – Wiltshire 193
Sandwich – Kent 196
Shrewsbury – Shropshire 201
Silchester – Hampshire 204
Southampton – Hampshire 206
Stafford – Staffordshire 208
Stamford – Lincolnshire 210
St Albans – Hertfordshire 212
Totnes – Devon 216
Wareham – Dorset 218
Warkworth – Northumberland 220
Warwick – Warwickshire 223
Winchelsea – East Sussex 226
Winchester – Hampshire 227
Worcester – Worcestershire 230
York – North Yorkshire 235

Scotland
Antonine Wall – Firths of Forth and Clyde 243
Dundee – Angus 247
Edinburgh – Midlothian 249
Perth – Perthshire 255
Stirling – Stirlingshire 257

Ireland
Ardee – County Louth 259
Athenry – County Galway 262
Athlone – County Westmeath 265
Athy – County Kildare 268
Bandon – County Cork 271
Carlingford – County Louth 273
Carrickfergus – County Antrim 276
Cashel – County Tipperary 281
Clonmel – County Tipperary 283
Cork – County Cork 286
Drogheda – County Louth 290
Dublin – County Dublin 293
Fethard – County Tipperary 298
Galway – County Galway 300
Kilkenny – County Kilkenny 303
Kilmallock – County Limerick 306
Limerick – County Limerick 308
Londonderry – County Londonderry 311
New Ross – County Wexford 313
Rinn Dunn – County Roscommon 316
Trim – County Meath 318
Waterford – County Waterford 320
Wexford – County Wexford 325
Youghal – County Cork 327

Wales
Abergavenny – Monmouthshire 330
Aberystwyth – Ceredigion 333
Beaumaris – Anglesey 334
Brecon – Powys 336
Caerleon – Newport 338
Caernarfon – Gwynedd 342
Caerwent – Monmouthshire 345
Cardiff – Glamorgan 349
Chepstow – Monmouthshire 354
Conwy – Conwy 357
Cowbridge – Vale of Glamorgan 361
Denbigh – Denbighshire 364
Haverford West – Pembrokeshire 367
Hay on Wye – Powys 370
Kidwelly – Carmarthenshire 372
Monmouth – Monmouthshire 374
Pembroke – Pembrokeshire 377
Swansea – Swansea 380
Tenby – Pembrokeshire 383

Price (Inc P&P)

£42.50