The Multangular Tower and the Roman York

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April, 2015

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York has a long history, stretching back to the Romans who established a major walled town here. The Minster was built over the Roman Forum and the Roman Bath Pub in St Sampson’s Square was built over the public baths.

Part of the C4th walls and one of the Roman towers can still be seen in the Museum Gardens. The Multangular tower formed the north west corner of the fortress. It was built of limestone had had decorative bands of terra cotta tiles. It was built with ten sides and was three stories high. It was designed to hold a catapult. The stonework at the top with narrow arrow splits is later, as are the stone coffins inside it. The remains of the Roman wall with an interval tower run north and can be seen by walking through the archway into the Multangular tower

Perhaps one of the most intriguing Roman legacy is the “story”: of the ghosts of a defeated Roman Army seen in the cellars of the Treasurer’s House.


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