Monday, 30 October 2017

Walled Towns Heritage Commission

We are pleased to announce a new initiative launched in Berwick-upon-Tweed 19th October 2017

a proposal to develop local Walled Town

‘Advocates’.

In July 2017, Peter Osborne MBE, Life President of Walled Towns Friendship Circle, founded in 1989 in Tenby (now European Walled Towns) proposed funding what he has called a ‘Walled Town Heritage Commission’. Contact point is David Bruce. Progress to date and more detail is on the dedicated 'Page' on this website 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Italian Walled Towns and Walled Towns in Italy


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 Circle for rest of their programme
Where on eaarth?


Monday, 18 September 2017

"Pedestrian Priority Shopping Streets"

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
Friday  15th 

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?

Saturday, 1 July 2017

What do Coventry, Hull, Kings Lynn and Nottingham have in common?

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.
St John's Gate BRISTOL 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Congratulations Chester on 2017 European Access City award - ARCHWAY bears fruit

Derry meeting Chester
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.


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Delighted for Tenby

Delighted to pass on news http://www.tenby-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=109067&headline=Walled%20Towns%20honour%20for%20Tenby&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016
that Tenby has accepted the honour of being made Honorary Founder Member Walled Town of European Walled Towns (originally the Walled Towns Friendship Circle) Congratulations.
So how to get to Tenby? Try this link

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Two Symposia in October 2016 - Hellevoetsluis EWT; Ulqin/Ulcinj - very different, both successful

European Walled Towns Symposium in Holland and 'INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM KALAJA' in Montenegro.

Hellevoetsluis, Holland was a fortified naval port, and is now re-envisioned as the distinctive residential and commercial centre of a  new town in the Netherlands.

Ulcinj/Ulqin the most southerly walled town and resort in Montenegro. It's fine sunset silhouette was reflected in the Symposium logo, in an autumnal midday sun it seems at peace beside it's resort centre but at dawn it is thrillingly golden.(scroll down) Reports and presentations to follow.



Thursday, 7 July 2016

Walled Towns Bibliography 2014 renumbered 2016

Consolidated working research bibliography of 401 items for walled towns mainly from Academic Adviser's publications to date. 
May 2013 Revised Version – most duplication now eliminated, much further bibliography on individual walled towns could still to be added. Any comments on inaccuracies or possible additions will be welcomed: contact David M Bruce.

Monday, 25 April 2016

'Holland, Holland' walled town to host Symposium

Hellevoetsluis is the classic Dutch town - more water than town: it is a fortified port but has everything you would expect of a town in Holland (except perhaps a railway). it is not too far but a world away from Rotterdam. Late September, Hellevoetsluis will host 26th Walled Towns Symposium -  an intensive one and a half day conference with a special event, a range of papers and workshops as well as time for networking - watch this space europeanwalledtowns .org and Facebook for more details and booking.