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Tower of London
THE TOWER OF LONDON
located on the banks of the Thames River in the City of London
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15th Century - Then
500 years later (2009)
Queens house in the background
with Raven enclosure in the foreground.
House of Royal Collection of Jewels
Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard, Sir Thomas More, John Fisher, and Sir Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex among others were imprisoned and executed within the precincts of the medieval fortress known as the Tower of London.
Traitors Gate: This would be the Gate in which Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, Thomas More, and even Elizabeth I came through on their way to imprisonment. it is unknown to many but it was called the Water Gate up until the 1500's, as it was the entrance to the tower, in which supplies were delivered.
The White tower was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1078 but more building had been added over the centuries.
The tower's primary function was a fortress, a royal palace, and a prison (particularly for high status and royal prisoners).
It has also served as a place of execution & torture an armoury, a treasury, the Royal Mint, a public records office, & since 1303, the home of the Crown Jewels.
There is a legend that if the Ravens ever leave the Tower of London, the White Tower, the Monarchy, and the entire Kingdom will fall so the Ravens wings are clipped to make sure that never happens. There are currently 9 ravens and they are cared for by the Ravenmaster, a duty given to one of the Yeomen WardersThis could be due to the fact that Ravens notoriously gathered at gallows and were used by the Yeomans of the Guard to dramatise their tales of torture and executions.
Although the Tower of London is often identified with the White Tower, the tower as a whole is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat.
The White Tower is situated in the Inner Ward, defended by a massive curtain wall, which has13 towers:
Bloody Tower (or the Garden Tower), so named after a legend that the Princes in the Tower were murdered there.
Beauchamp Tower(pronounced 'Beecham')
Broad Arrow Tower
The entrance to the Inner Ward is on the south side under the Bloody Tower. Outside of this is the Outer Ward, defended by a second massive curtain wall, flanked by 6 towers facing the river:
St Thomas's Tower, built between 1275-1279 by Edward I to provide additional royal accommodation for the King.
Andy Deane, of the Royal Armouries, and his twelve year-old son Oliver dress in traditional Japanese and Tudor armours at the preview of the Fit for a King exhibition opening in the White Tower at the Tower of London on Thursday 1 April 2010.
| April 1st, 2010 :|
‘Fit for a King’ was launched at the Tower of London, displaying 500 Years of Royal Arms & Armour from the Tudor, Stuart, Hanoverian and Windsor royal families.
| || A short video on the now lost apartments that Anne Boleyn stayed within prior to her Coronation in 1533, and prior to her Execution in 1536. It has long been published that Anne stayed in the 'Queen's House' opposite Tower Green; however this video will show she would have stayed in reality. Anne was tried in the Great hall, and the stands erected especially for the trial, to hold the 2000 spectators, could still be seen in 1778.|
| Tower Green where there is a commemoration for Anne Boleyn who was beheaded on May 19th, 1536 and Katherine Howard and Jane Boleyn on February 13th, 1542. Margaret Plantagenet Pole, Lady Salisbury, governess to Princess Mary as Lady Jane Grey and Robert Devereaux, earl of Essex and favorite of Elizabeth I were also executed here.|
This new Memorial to those who died was dedicated in 2006.
Designed by British artist Brian Catling
Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula
within the Tower of London
| Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, Jane and George Boleyn, John Fisher, Thomas More, and many others are buried in this chapel.|
The ghost of Queen Anne Boleyn has allegedly been seen haunting the chapel of St Peter-ad-Vincula, where she is buried, and walking around the White Tower carrying her head
under her arm.
| || The Queen's House in the Tower where distinguished prisoners were held, including Anne Boleyn. |
Ironically the House was built for Queen Anne before her coronation. Little did she know that she would die soon after in her very own back yard.
The last prisoner to stay in the Queen's House was Rudolf Hess, the Deputy Fuhrer of Nazi Germany.
Anne Boleyn's Grave Stone
|In 1876 during restoration of St. Peter ad Vincula Chapel, the bones of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were identified and reburied under the pavement before the altar. Memorial stones engraved with their titles of Queen and their coats of arms were laid above the graves.|
Tower of London plan 1597
This area rather than the tourist monument at Tower Green is where it has now been established that the scaffold was erected.
|Historic Royal Palace's official youtube - The Tower|
|Travel video of the Tower|
|An amatuer video clip showing the Crown Jewels in the tower where filming is forbidden.|
|Spring 2008 - Report on BBC News about the drawing by Rydal Hanbury which is now covering the Tower of London. A 3 year reconstruction project in now underway.|
|Slideshow of stills from the Tower|
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|MsSquirrly||Lions and Tigers and bears...oh my||2||Sep 24 2010, 6:19 AM EDT by royalfalcon|
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Did you know that the Tower of London housed many exotic animals for many years along with all those famous prisoners? Check out this article : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1313816/The-polar-bear-lived-Tower--grumpy-lion-baboon-threw-cannon-balls-Britains-bizarre-zoo.html
Here is a partial quote: "So how did the Tower menagerie come about - and what became of it? The first arrivals, it is thought, were three boatloads of wild beasts shipped to England from Normandy during the reign of King John (1199-1216).
One can only guess what these wild creatures might have been - but we do know that exotic animals had always been considered an appropriate gift from one ruler to another, and that over the ensuing decades four-legged sweeteners started arriving in London.
In 1235 the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II sent Henry III three leopards to mark his wedding to Eleanor of Provence, the emperor's sister. A lion was next to arrive, followed in 1252 by a polar bear (or 'white bear', as it is called in records) together with its keeper - both gifts from Haakon IV of Norway....
To care for the growing number of beasts at the Tower, Edward I created the official position of Master of the King's Bears and Apes - a role later renamed Keeper of the Lions and Leopards.
By the 16th century, when the collection was opened up to the public, the menagerie included several lionesses, a lion, a tiger, a lynx, a wolf, a porcupine and an eagle - with a special viewing platform later installed 'for the kinges Matie (friends) to stande on to see the Lyons lett out'...."
Can you imagine the noises those prisoners heard? Along with the noises of torture, it must have been a very scary place.
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|Maggie-AnneB.||Do You Suggest||2||Mar 22 2009, 5:14 PM EDT by Maggie-AnneB.|
Thread started: Mar 22 2009, 4:34 PM EDT Watch
Any good books on the Tower of London? I have a research paper to do for my art class, and I am doing it on the Tower of London. I just want to get some books that are easy to get at a library. Thanks!
|MARQUESSOFPEMBROKE||TOWER GREEN||0||Feb 21 2009, 1:27 PM EST by MARQUESSOFPEMBROKE|
Thread started: Feb 21 2009, 1:27 PM EST Watch
To my knowledge there was only 10 people executed on TOWER GREEN
Margaret Pole, Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Jane Boleyn, Jane Grey, Robert Dereveux, William Lord Hasting, Farquhar Shaw and his 2 cousins Samuel and Maclom Macpherson. Everyone else was sent to TOWER HILL or SMITHFIELD etc.
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