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Stamford Town Wall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Stanford; Staunford

In the civil parish of Stamford.
In the historic county of Lincolnshire.
Modern Authority of Lincolnshire.
1974 county of Lincolnshire.
Medieval County of Lincolnshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TF02510697
Latitude 52.65081° Longitude -0.48613°

Stamford Town Wall has been described as a certain Urban Defence.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


A.D. 922. This year, betwixt gang-days and midsummer, went King Edward with his army to Stamford, and ordered the town to be fortified on the south side of the river. (ASC)

Medieval town wall at Stamford, believed to have been built between 1135 and 1154. The wall may have been damaged in the "sack" of Stamford in 1461 during the Wars of the Roses, though the severity of the damage is open to question. It is clear that it was not wholly destroyed as there is later documentary evidence for residents of the town applying to make private doorways in the walls. The parts that remain show evidence of modern restoration and coping. (PastScape)

Town Wall to North of North Walk House II Town Wall, C1300, raised C1720. Section of town wall, coursed rubble with ashlar dressings. 18 metres of 2 metre high rubble wall with 5 buttresses and 3 gargoyles. The wall was raised in ashlar C1720 with a coped top. To the left 3 metres of further rubble walling with quoins and a gateway with plank door. This section has stone slate coping. The original section to the right has a deep earth bank to the rear, reached up a flight of 15 stone steps with a single square pier with ball finial. (Listed Building Report)
West tower of mediaeval walls, near site of St Peter's Gate. At angle of street. Coursed rubble, 3 stages. One slit opening in top stage. (Listed Building Report)

One rebuilt round tower and other slight fragmentary remains of Medieval town wall at Stamford, believed to have been built between 1135 and 1154, some of the wall was possibly destroyed in 1461, the parts that remain show evidence of modern restoration and coping. First murage granted 1261, though probably had earth and timber defences from early C10. Murage granted again through first half of C14. Best surviving bastion Grade 1 listed, other surviving bastions and a C14 postern gate Grade 2 listed. C9 Danish earthwork defences do not seem to have survived or to have been reused for medieval wall.
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