Tower Behind Wulfard
I’m called Tower behind Wulfard after Wulffard Rosendale, who was the tower chief in 1410 and lived nearby.
Welford was a merchant and the former Burger- meister of Turu, but he fell upon financial difficulties and debt when he moved to Tallinn, so he pawned his home and became a ward of the convent of St. Bridget (Pi- rita). Soon after, the name Wulffard was crossed out on the list of tower chiefs, most likely due to his death.
My story is a bit sad as well. Currently, only one of my storeys can be seen, but at one time I was four storeys high! Since the heavy cannon tower of the Great Coast Gate (that is, Fat Margaret) was built very close by in 1529, and the bastion was established shortly thereafter, my military importance was lost, and I was just left to crumble in disrepair.
After the great fire of St. Peter’s Day (June 29th) in 1757, where nearly the entire quarter burned down, including the nearby municipal palace of Peter I, which had just been built 30 years earlier. I was marked as a burnt-out gunpowder storage tower, even though there was no gunpowder there at the time. It’s a good thing, too – otherwise, there probably wouldn’t even be as much of me left as there is now!
In 1870 I was dismantled down to the height of the wall, after which I was only used as an arched entryway to the property of the millmeister Wilhelm (the current Tolli St. #4). After the renovations that took place in the 1980s, I have been in use by the Tallinn City Archive. All’s well that ends well?
Construction history. Built in 1370 initially with a semicircular primary layout. Built to its full height (probably four floors) with a horse– shoe shape by 1450.