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

Fishergate Postern Tower Openings


Saturday 29th April + Monday 1st May = May Day Bank Holiday
Saturday 13th May
Saturday 27th + Monday 29th May = Late Spring Bank Holiday

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


Annual Friends Meeting – 18th March

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

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

We also had a few stands for akin voluntary organisations to showcase their work. Held 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 to any events or open days, 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.



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.