Precinct Wall of St Mary's Abbey, Museum Gardens, York

Precinct Wall of St Mary's Abbey, Museum Gardens, York
Photograph taken 22 August 2006 © Mr David Robson. Source Historic England Archive ref: 464214

These are the remains of the defensive precinct wall of St Mary's Abbey. Over 500m of wall and several towers remain. The walls were built in 1266, then raised, crenellated and extended in 1318. St Mary's Tower and Water Tower were built in 1324. Queen Margaret's Arch and Postern Tower were built in 1497. The Postern Tower was raised and altered in the 17th century. St Mary's Tower was repaired in 1644 following Civil War damage. Pedestrian arches were added beside Queen Margaret's Arch and the Water Tower in c1836.

Location

York York

Period

Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)

Tags

wall tower abbey monastery defence medieval (1066 - 1484)