The fosse (defensive ditch)


Ever TowerFosseThe fosse was a defensive ditch around the Town Walls of Newcastle; sometimes referred to as 'the King's Dykes'. Little remains of the fosse today, except by the west wall.

In 1827 Eneas Mackenzie wrote: "The fosse or ditch that anciently surrounded the walls is now mostly filled up, and levelled with the adjoining ground. The space, however, which it occupied is still called the "King's Dikes." It appears to have been uniformly twenty-two yards in breadth, and is claimed by the corporation, to whom every waste within their jurisdiction devolves, by the authority of their charter. A narrow passage, which still remains open in many places, has also conducted round the town, on the inside of the wall, and was probably used for the purpose of conveying ammunition, during a siege.

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West Walls town wall and ditch
- "Shown here is the stretch of Town Wall which includes the Morden and Ever defensive Towers. The Morden Tower was increased in height in 1618 as a meeting place for ...

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The moat in front of West Walls
- "The entrance to Chinatown can be seen in the distance (left)." Photo by Mike Quinn, 2008, and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.

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Herber Tower
- "The Town Wall ditch, Fever Hospital, Warden's Close, Bath Lane and modern Citygate development are visible to the left." Photo by Andrew Curtis, 2010, and licensed for reuse under ...

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