Historic city walls restored in York

23/5/04     Walmgate Bar in York.
23/5/04 Walmgate Bar in York.
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Walmgate Bar has been fully reopened to the public after the completion of a programme of work to protect and preserve the historic structure.

Cllr Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: The city walls are one of Yorks many great defining features, which over one million residents and visitors enjoy each year. This project was hugely important to ensure we continue to preserve and protect these for future generations.

City of York Council City Archaeologist, John Oxley, said: The significant investment in this building means that people will have full access to Barbican and roof and the cafe will be able to use these areas as part of their operation. It will be a pretty unique experience for residents and visitors to the city.We hope that this project will generate significant increase in custom both for the cafe and for this part of the city.I would like to thank residents, cyclists and the cafe operators for their patience and understanding over the last 12 months.

The work saw the Bar Walls lifted by 10mm by a sophisticated set of hydraulic jacks to allow two of the supporting column capitals to be replaced and for the weight to be redistributed.

Over the course of several months the bar, which is the most complete of the four medieval gateways in York, was carefully restored to its former glory.