On Saturday 14th July 2012 The Friends of York Walls escorted the Lord Mayor of York Councillor Keith Hyman, and Mrs Karen Hyman the Lady Mayoress, on a walk along some of York’s historic walls.

The civic party was first entertained by the York Concert Band on the front lawns of The Kings Mansion before setting off on a “walls walk” through the Museum Gardens to Lendal Bridge and the start of the city walls. There they were entertained by a busker and given tea and biscuits courtesy of the Cedar Court Hotel. More buskers entertained the walking party at Micklegate Bar and then at the Bitchdaughter Tower where the party was given wine and biscuits. The walls walk finished at Fishergate Postern Tower when the civic party sponsored a stone and climbed the spiral staircase to view the upper floors. Throughout the event collections were taken in aid of “The Lord Mayors Charities”.

More photographs taken during the event can be seen here.


The Red Tower Fair on 7th July was blessed with a rare event this summer, a warm and sunny day.

The Friends of York Walls in association with the local residents provided stalls, games, entertainment, activities and refreshments. A good afternoon was had by all.

Photos of the event can be viewed here.

If you missed the Red Tower Fair we will be doing it all again at Tofts Fair Bishophill, inside the walls near to Victoria Bar, on 21st July from 12 – 4 pm.


In one of his last official duties, the outgoing Lord Mayor of York, Coun David Horton, presented a commemorative certificate to Philip Noble to celebrate the sponsoring of the 100th stone of Fishergate Postern Tower.

It was accompanied by an afternoon tea and a tour of the Mansion House. Coun Horton was thanked for all he had done as patron of The Friends of York Walls in his year in office.

To sponsor your own stone at Fishergate Postern Tower click here.

Picture: Alan Fleming


The Friends of York Walls are continuing to work towards the restoration, and ultimate opening, of Fishergate Postern Tower as a community / visitor centre.

Mass Architecture (based at Kings Court, The Shambles, York) are working with The Friends on detailed proposals to refurbish the inside of the tower to include exhibition areas, meeting areas and a small café. A new wooden staircase to improve access to the upper floors will supplement the existing narrow spiral stone staircase. Some detailed plans of the proposals can be viewed in the slideshow below.

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If you wish to contribute to the tower fund then please look at the Sponsor a Stone page where you can fill in an online application form.

Follow the links to view the current state of the Sponsored Stones grid or the online Sponsors Book.