Monument record MYO4771 - York City Walls Skeldergate Postern also known as The Crane Tower (site of)

Summary

Apparently a narrow pointed archway with a single gate flanked on either side by a small round turret, extant from 1315. Also known as the Crane Tower from its proximity to the city crane. First documented in 1403, it survived fairly intact until 1750, but was finally destroyed in 1878 except for the underground footings.

Location

Grid reference SE 6031 5131 (point)
Map sheet SE65SW
Civil Parish York, City of York, North Yorkshire

Map

Type and Period (4)

Full Description

NMR: [SE60305130] Skeldergate Postern [AT] (Site of). (1)

Skeldergate Postern, first documented in 1315 and demolished in 1808. It consisted of a single narrow arch flanked on either side by a round turret. (2)

History and descripton of the postern. (3)

1 Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) OS 1:500 1891
2 An inventory of the historical monuments in the City of York. Volume II: the defences 90 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, England
3 An inventory of the historical monuments in the City of York. Volume II: the defences 90-1 Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, England

From NMR record

Crane Tower, also known as the Skeldergate Postern Tower. First documented in 1403, it survived fairly intact until 1750, but was finally destroyed in 1878 except for the underground footings. It was circular, 23 feet in diameter, with a battered base A conical roof gave it a similar appearance to the North Street Postern Tower. From the tower a chain could be stretched across the river to the Davy Tower.


NMR, NMR data (Unpublished document). SYO2214.

RCHME, 1972, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York, Volume II The Defences, p90-91 (Monograph). SYO63.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Unpublished document: NMR. NMR data.
  • --- Monograph: RCHME. 1972. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York, Volume II The Defences. p90-91.

Protected Status/Designation

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Jan 14 2020 3:37PM

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