Monument record MYO4230 - YORK CITY WALLS (TOWER 2) Chainage 100


Semi-circular interval tower projecting in front of the tower wall, and not bonded to the wall which is on a different alignment to the inner face of the tower. Probably Mediaeval, and added after it was realised that the spacing between the major towers was too great.


Grid reference SE 6022 5120 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Civil Parish York, City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Tower 2 (NG 60235120. Pl. 18) is semicircular, 16⅓ ft. wide and projecting 7 ft. 2 ins. in front of the wall. There is a double chamfered plinth around the base where footings are visible. It is not bonded into the wall, which is on a slightly different alignment from its inner face.

2019 Test pits suggested a combination of shallow footings the tower and the wall combined with the rubble infill of the tower have contributed to structural movement. Concrete underpinning was noted in one test pit suggesting that the subsidence is an historical issue.

RCHME, 1972, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York, Volume II The Defences, p91 (Monograph). SYO63.

YAT, 2019, Tower 2 City Walls EVA (Unpublished document). SYO2444.

Mason Clark, 2020, Tower 2 Slope Stability Analysis (Unpublished document). SYO2443.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- Unpublished document: Mason Clark. 2020. Tower 2 Slope Stability Analysis.
  • --- Unpublished document: YAT. 2019. Tower 2 City Walls EVA.
  • --- Monograph: RCHME. 1972. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York, Volume II The Defences. p91.

Protected Status/Designation

Related Monuments/Buildings (3)

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Record last edited

Feb 5 2021 1:26PM


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