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Retired Computer Design Engineer. Main hobby photography. Moved to live in York in November 2010 to be near family.

Annual Friends Meeting – 18th March

This years Annual Friends Meeting will be held on 18th March 2017 at Clements Hall – 2pm.  Guest Speaker Keith Emerick.  All Friends and Supporters (past, present, and future) are invited. Parking available + tea/coffee & biscuits.

We are thrilled to announce that Dr Keith Emerick (English Heritage Inspector of Ancient Monuments in York and North Yorkshire, and Research Associate at the University of York) will give a talk entitled “Heritage and Community Heritage Projects”.   Keith will give an overview of the things people are talking about in the heritage sphere and then give examples of what community heritage groups are actually doing.

We also hope to have a few stands for akin voluntary organisations to showcase their work. See you in Clements Hall (Nunthorpe Road, York YO23 1BW) at 14:00 on Saturday 18th March!

We need more supporters, more volunteers, more committee members & trustees. Do come along, bring your friends, and see what we do and what we plan to do – and consider helping us to achieve our aims and objectives.


2017 FOYW Photo Competition

You are invited to enter the 2017 Friends of York Walls Photographic Competition – Closes Noon on 1st May

Competition Details:  [ READ MORE HERE ]

All photos must be taken either of, or from, the Walls, Clifford’s Tower or Museum Gardens.  Three categories will be judged: Under 16, Amateur, and Enthusiast / Professional.  A short-list in each category will be selected by members of the Friends of York Walls.  First place in each category will be chosen by the Lord Mayor of York.

The deadline for entries is: Noon 1st May 2017

Competition entry is free.



Fishergate Postern Tower next open –

Sat 11th & 25th March,  Sat 8th + 15th/Sun 16th April

No need to book and entry is free – but donations to Friends of York Walls and tower repairs will be very welcome. Unfortunately access beyond the ground floor is not suitable for the disabled.

Fishergate Postern Tower, at the end of Piccadilly, is a 4 storey stone tower built around 1504 and has a quirky narrow spiral staircase linking the interesting rooms and with views of the roof structure. The FPT opening will be staffed by Friends of York Walls volunteers who will be on hand to help, and to tell you about the history of the tower. You can also learn about plans for the future of the tower and other 2017 planned activities.

Copies of the FoYW book “A Walking Guide to York’s City Walls” will be on sale. You can also “Sponsor a Stone” on either the West Wall or the North Wall to raise funds for the restoration of and repairs to the tower.

We need more volunteers and also people to join the Management Committee and Trustees. If you are interested please email us at

Upcoming events reminders :-
Saturday 18 Mar: Annual Friends Meeting  at Clements Hall  2pm:  “Days on the Walls” – Sundays – 26th March + 2nd & 23rd April
FOYW Fundraising Poster 2017

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January 2017 Fishergate Postern Tower opened to the public from 10am to 4pm as part of the annual York Residents Weekend.   This was the first opening of FPT for the 2017 season.    It was hoped to be able to open Tower 39  at the same time as Fishergate Postern Tower but unfortunately due to recent problems with subsidence at Tower 39 the lower room is now filled with temporary support props making any public entry impossible. We will now plan to open Tower 39 later in the year, when repairs have taken place.



Walls Walk near Fishergate Postern Tower has now reopened

The WALLS WALK from Fishergate Postern Tower steps to Fishergate Bar steps has now re-opened.

An inspection of Tower 39 ( the tower in the corner adjacent to Fishergate Postern Tower, overlooking the junction of Fishergate and Paragon Street) has revealed that an internal shallow brick arch forming the roof inside the tower is in need of repair and the walkway supported by the brick roof arch across the top of the tower has started to subside.  In the interests of public safety this section of the wall walk was closed to the public whilst a full detailed inspection took place. Temporary supports have now been installed inside Tower 39 and a decision will now be taken on what measures are needed for a more permanent repair.  This short section of walkway is safe,  and has now been reopened to the public.

The Friends of York Walls hope to open Fishergate Postern Tower AND Tower 39 as part of the January 2017 Residents Festival Weekend. Access to Tower 39 will be reviewed nearer the time.


Record Year for Visitor Numbers

Fishergate Postern Tower is now closed for the winter season.  Our next opening will be at York Residents Weekend at the end of January 2017 – see you then.  Watch this space for details nearer the time.

A big thank you to all our volunteers, friends and visitors who have helped to make 2016 a record year for visitors numbers to Fishergate Postern Tower – with just over 8000 visitors recorded over the 24 open days.  In addition over 1000 visitors attended the two evenings of the Illuminating York event, and enjoyed a walk on the City Walls  at night.