FPT is CLOSED. City Walls wall walks CLOSED.

In line with Government Coronavirus Guidelines the planned OPEN DAYS at Fishergate Postern Tower are now CANCELLED until further notice.

You can still visit the interior of Fishergate Postern Tower in a safe and virtual way using our new FPT VR Tour  available  HERE

The FOYW  AFM will  be postponed to a later date, and our “committee meetings” will be conducted  electronically.

The City Walls are controlled and managed by the City of York Council (CYC) who have announced   “The City Walls will be closed until further notice to ensure we are supporting the government’s social distancing messages.”    

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NEW – Fishergate Postern Tower a Virtual Tour

You can now “visit” Fishergate Postern Tower and look around the interior thanks to a new Virtual Reality Tour.  You don’t even have to negotiate the narrow spiral staircase, except in a VR world, to see what is inside the tower – on the ground floor and on the three upper floors in detail.     Please  Go To :-

Fishergate Postern Tower – A Virtual Tour

Open the above link and carefully navigate around each of the 360 degree views.  Move from one location to another using the “Sun Hotspots”.    Hover over a hotspot and the “Title” by that hot spot tells you where you are going to move to.

With thanks to Jonathan Malory at Sky Filming for providing the images and files to FOYW.

TIP – for a full screen display on a PC or a laptop use the f11 function key.

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Fishergate Postern Tower – roof survey images

The 400 year old roof and tiles at Fishergate Postern Tower are in need of some maintenance and TLC.  In preparation and planning for any roof repairs which may be necessary a detailed aerial survey of the roof has just been commissioned and completed.

On Thursday 23rd January Sky Filming, York  were on site using a drone and a camera on a pole to capture detailed high resolution images and videos of the state of the roof.

A short aerial video is available HERE

The following images are a few pictures taken with the drone camera. (NOTE – they are low resolution for the web site)

A 3-D model has also been produced from the images recorded and can be seen at     https://skfb.ly/6QtzR

The 3-D model is also available as a PDF file but is slower to operate.     It can be seen HERE

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York Residents Festival 2020

Fishergate Postern Tower

@  Junction of Piccadilly and Lead Mill Lane   YO1 9AF

Open on Sat 25th Jan  &  Sun 26th Jan  2020
from 10:00 – 16:00

FREE  ENTRY   (but donations welcome)

Climb the spiral staircase of this early Tudor tower, work the model portcullis and find a remarkably complete garderobe, masons’  marks, re-used roof beams and our displays, including brand new replicas reborn from fragments found in our recent archaeological dig.

Disabled Access (Partial – ground floor only)

This event is provided by volunteers of The Friends of York Walls.   If you would like to get involved please email  us at      friendsofyorkwalls@gmail.com

This is the first opening of Fishergate Postern Tower for our 2020 season.  For other 2020 open days please see  HERE

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2019 Season Summary + 2020 Dates

The 2019 season of Open Days at Fishergate Postern Tower has now come to an end.  The next FPT opening, to start the 2020 season, will be The York Residents Weekend on 25th & 26th January 2020.

The planned open days for 2020 are available  HERE

Thank you to all the FOYW volunteers for all the time that you have put in during the year.  A summary of visitor figures for the tower is available  HERE
We need a new “Volunteer Co-ordinator”,  as Martin Hetherington, who has performed the role for over five years,  is to move on to new things.  Nearly 40,000 visitors have been to Fishergate Postern Tower since 2014, and the list of volunteers has changed somewhat since then.  Thank you to Martin for all your hard work.

If you would like to be the FOYW  Volunteer Co-ordinator please send an email to  friendsofyorkwalls@gmail.com

 

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IN MEMORY OF CHRIS DOWELL

It is with the greatest sadness that The Friends of York Walls have  to report the death of Christine (Chris) Dowell – a founder member and Trustee of FOYW.

Christine Jennifer Dowell passed away on Tuesday, September 24th 2019.  She died peacefully at home in the loving care of her family following a brave journey with motor neurone disease.  A wonderful wife, mother, grannie, friend and mentor to many.  Her knowledge, wisdom and guidance will remain with us all.

Chris Dowell and husband John, with a small group of friends, were founder members of The Friends of York Walls in 2011. They worked tirelessly for a number of years to build up the group  and promote York’s City Walls. Chris was Committee Secretary and later a Trustee. They took a very active part in the early days of openings at Fishergate Postern Tower until poorer health forced them to take a step back. Chris will be fondly remembered by all her friends and colleagues at FOYW,  and we pass on our deepest sympathy and condolences to John and to all of her family.    Rest In Peace,  Chris.

First FOYW Press Article published in 2011

3rd October 2019     A F

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