EYO4479 - City Walls Chainage 2100-2240 Lord Mayors Walk, Evaluation

Type

WATCHING BRIEF

Location

Location Lord Mayors Walk; Chainage 2100-2240
Grid reference Centred SE 6050 5229 (78m by 70m)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire

Technique(s)

Organisation

York Archaeological Trust

Date

2010

Map

Description

A series of six small trenches were dug against the City Wall in the vicinity of Lord Mayor’s Walk (chainage 2100 – 2240) during March 2010 in order to investigate the footings of the wall prior to remedial work on this section of the wall. It was also hoped that this archaeological work would resolve a number of issues such as the location of the now lost Tower 29, the location of the Roman Fortress gateway (the portus decumana) and the reason for a number of unusual offsets and construction patterns in the wall in this area. This evaluation did not provide any evidence for the location of the Roman gateway but did show that there was a clear vertical gap of at least 0.5m between the base of the medieval wall and any surviving Roman structures in the area. This confirms the findings of Miller in the 1920s on the inside of the wall in the vicinity. Little light was shed on the offsets investigated although the offset under examination in Trench 2 proved to line up perfectly with a stub of buried masonry. Although possibly part of a buttress examination of the wall in this spot indicates that this masonry is more likely to be part of Tower 29 which is believed to have been dismantled prior to 1822.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: YAT. 2010. City Walls Chainage 2100-2240 Lord Mayors Walk.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • YORK CITY WALLS (BOOTHAM BAR TO MONK BAR) (Monument)

Child/subsequent Site Events/Activities (1)

  • York City Walls Chainage 2100-2240 Watching Brief (Ref: 2010/107)

Record last edited

Sep 30 2019 11:53AM

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