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

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

Except that York's existing walls are rather less lofty than those of Chester, they lose nothing by comparison. The present walls are those which arose in the time of Edward III, practically at the royal command of that monarch, who had ever a lively fear of danger from the Scots; and they have a circuit of no less than 4,480 yards. This mural defence is more than twice the extent of the Roman fortifications of Eboracum against the ancestors of the same enemy. York retains its principal medieval gates as well as its walls; also a fourteenth-century and other posterns. Save for one undivided stretch between the Red Tower and Layerthorpe Bridge, there is no part where one may not walk along the summit.

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

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