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The Splendid Walls of Chester and the Cow Tower Which Survives at Norwich

The Splendid Walls of Chester and the Cow Tower Which Survives at Norwich

Just as at York, on the one side of England, a great building and strengthening of town fortification took place in Edwardian times, so at Chester, on the other side, the same period witnessed a corresponding outburst of activity. Chester's walls (left), which are of red sandstone, have a circuit of two miles and the reputation of being the finest mural enceinte in England but unlike those of York, its "gates" are modern. The walling of Norwich town was begun about the middle of the thirteenth century, and continued for fifty years, encompassing an area larger than any other in this country. The surviving Cow Tower (right), which is of brick, was first used as a priory toll-house and then as a cathedral gaol.

Other pictures from Some Noted Walled Towns


SOUTHAMPTON'S LOFTY WALLS OF NORMAN DATE

THE WALLS OF THE THIRD EDWARD AT YORK, SHOWING THE MINSTER FROM THE EMBATTLED FOOTWAY

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