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The base of Davy Tower dates from the early 14th century. Its alternative name is 'The Tower of the Friars Minor', which referred to a nearby Franciscan Friary.
The stone-built sections of wall are the believed to be the oldest. The brick-built sections above date from circa 1750 and later.
As at Barker Tower, a chain was hung between Davy Tower and Skeldergate Postern Tower (on the opposite bank of the river) during the Medieval Period for defensive purposes and to control river traffic.
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