Thursday, 17 May 2012

What's in a Name?

I wonder if the people standing on the round circular building jutting out from the city walls are aware of the name of this particular tower? It is called the Bitch Daughter (I know!) Tower and has seen varied use over the years including time as a prison and a cowshed. It used to be much higher but the stone was removed to repair nearby Ouse Bridge in the mid 16th century. It was used as a guardhouse during the siege of York in 1645 and it still has the remains of a fireplace inside. Sadly the origin of the name is now long forgotten.


  1. I bet there was a good story behind the name!

  2. See Biche Doughter! 'Lr bydoutre' or Kings goal. Has been used in the past as a prison, a guard house and a cattle shed.


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