from David M Bruce, Convener and Secretary Walled Towns Heritage; Former Academic Adviser, WTFC and EWT- European Walled Towns for friendship and professional co-operation, former Principal Lecturer . UWE,Bristol
The Walled Towns Heritage group - David Bruce (Bristol), Jane Hebblewhite (Chester), Mark Lusby(Derry/Londonderry), Vicky Macdonald (Conwy), Margaret Shaw (Berwick) met up with additional distinguished speakers - Dennis Rodwell, Brian Wilkinson, Stephen Scott and bill Hill, in the fine Berwick-upon-Tweed Town Hall.
They were hosted by Berwick's Conservation Area Action Group (CAAG), with other participants from Berwick and York. Synopses, Profiles and Presentations are available here
The children and head teacher Ann Robertson from Tweedmouth West First School
On Tuesday 10th October in Bristol at 7.30pm I delivered the illustrated presentation (48 slides) which can be found in .pdf form here. A written version is in preparation from a transcript of the talk and Q&A session: Not only in Italy can 'Italian Walled Towns' or at least Italian styled fortified towns be found. - see the website of the Bristol Anglo-Italian Circlefor rest of their programme
UWE, Bristol's successful conference and website launch on celebrated past success in removing traffic from town centre streets. Such experience can be of benefit to many walled towns, which in turn can provide experience of successful traffic removal and resultant prosperity in smaller towns and cities than most discussed today.
The website is
Incidentally you may like to note that note "Pedestrian Priority Shopping Streets" was an MPhil thesis title at Edinburgh University 1975. These issues continue to inspire controversy and gradual improvement to town centres. Among examples in that thesis were some former fortified towns - almost all were historic towns with clearly defined town centres. How does town centre definition, even walls affect how people vehicles and facilities like shops interact?
They all had medieval walled town centres with extant traces AND now each has HISTORIC ENGLAND HERITAGE ACTION ZONE funding. Application for new funding and advice is open with a 9th August deadline. This initiative seems tailor-made for every English Walled Town and Town or City with a once walled centre. Lewes, Chester, Berwick-upon-Tweed, York, Chichester, Bath, Bristol, City of London, Norwich, Canterbury, Exeter, Ludlow, Worcester, Hereford, Totnes, Carlisle, Ludlow, Durham, Oxford, Hartlepool, Sandwich, Wallingford, Malmesbury, Wareham, Southampton, Portsmouth, Launeston, Rye
and I'm sure some I may have missed.
great report BBC about on Chester http://bbc.in/2iXOxj6
The walls feature prominently and Chester's investment in accessibility since 2009 - the follow up to the successful WTFC ARCHWAY project which Chester led. Other partners included Lucca, den Bosch, Valletta, Vittoria (ARABARRI) and University of West of England, Bristol. Full reports are available here.