A summer visit in the Tower of London

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Millions of people come to London every day and thousands visit the extraordinary and wonderful Tower of London . Enter in the Tower of London is like to jump into the story of the origins of England and London.

In 1066 a French Duke William of Normandy through the English Channel, in order to get their hands on the English crown. The victory was his, with the historic battle of Hesting, but he was interested dominate England and to do this was to crown himself king and seized the cities ‘most’ powerful in the world: London. Thus gave birth to a potetente fortress and today you can ‘see in all its glory: The Tower of London.

 

The main entrance for Tower visitors today, the Middle Tower, as its name suggests, was positioned between two others – the Lion Tower (no longer visible) and the Byward Tower, as part of Edward I’s new land entrance to the fortress. The slots for two portcullises can be seen inside the archway. The royal arms above the arch are those of George I, king when the tower was partly re-faced with Portland stone.When Edward I reclaimed land from the river to make a new outer wall, the existing watergate opposite the Bloody Tower became redundant.

St Thomas’s Tower was built between 1275-9 as a much more resplendent replacement, complete with coloured glass and statues. Here is where the King had his own private apartments with a bridge to the Wakefield Tower connecting them to the other royal lodgings The present bridge is a nineteenth-century reconstruction. It is possible that the south-east turret contained an oratory to St Thomas a Becket, after whom the tower is named.When Edward I reclaimed land from the river to make a new outer wall, the existing watergate opposite the Bloody Tower became redundant.

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St Thomas’s Tower was built between 1275-9 as a much more resplendent replacement, complete with coloured glass and statues. Here is where the King had his own private apartments with a bridge to the Wakefield Tower connecting them to the other royal lodgings The present bridge is a nineteenth-century reconstruction.

It is possible that the south-east turret contained an oratory to St Thomas a Becket, after whom the tower is named.At the center of the complex there is the beautiful white tower.

The White Tower was not only the first building of what is known to be the Tower of London but also it is the first stone keep in England. Started in 1078 it replaced an earlier wooden fort built on the site after the Norman Conquest in 1066. Its excellent strategic position dominated the city and river, but the specific siting was influenced by the Roman city wall to the east and the river to the south, together with the solid bedrock of the Tower Hill, falling away to marshy ground in the east. Inside there is a The Chapel of St John the Evangelist

A fine example of early Norman architecture is the Chapel of St John the Evangelist. The chapel remains today much as it was when Gundulf, Bishop of Rochester built it. Constructed of Caen limestone as part of the White Tower, it is two floors high with a triforium at the upper level. An intriguing and unusual feature is that it has a tunnel vaulted nave plus, an apsidal projection which runs down through the crypt and sub-crypt to the base of the keep. Inside the white tower tourists can admire rare items from the collection, armor, swords, which belonged to the kings of the past and contemporary exhibitions, a room and ‘dedicated to the interactions and games, how they fought back to medieval times. modernity ‘is combined with the history and tradition, the evening still there is a old ceremony : the Ceremony of the Keys,The traditional locking up of the Tower of London each night.

This ceremony Has Been Carried out every night for the last 700 years. Also This section contains instructions on how you can see the carried out the ceremony – you need to get a ticket since the ceremony takes place after the Tower has closed for visitors. The tower for centuries has special guards , the Yeoman Warders , that control tower and will protect the Queen’s jewels: Ever since the foundations of the Tower were laid in 1078, men have stood Watch and Ward over the buildings and, more importantly, the prisoners who were sent there. In the early period, the Warders would have performed their duties in plain clothes. Since the Tower’s earliest days there will have been men provided to ward the prisoners and attend the gates. An old record once kept in the Tower Warders’ hall reads. Particular is and famous is the bloody tower and the history linked to Richard III and the killing of two grandsons found walled up in the tower
The tower was originally called the Garden Tower because it was at the corner of the Queen’s House garden, but during the sixteenth century its name was changed to the Bloody Tower because of its supposed association with the young Princes in the Tower, who disappeared in 1483.

The proximity of the tower to the Queen’s house and the style of accommodation did make it a suitable place for noble prisoners, however. Its most famous resident was Sir Walter Raleigh, for whom a second floor was added in 1605-6, and today’s visitor sees the tower furnished as it might have been in the period he lived here with his wife and children (his second son was baptised in the Chapel of St Peter in 1605). The most significant and ‘the gallows where prisoners were seven famous executed.The first was William, Lord Hastings, in 1483, hurriedly beheaded after His arrest at a meeting of the royal council in the White Tower at the instance of the Protector, Richard Duke of Gloucester. The next five victims were the only women to suffer death by beheading for treason. Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s second and fifth wives, had both Been convicted of adultery.

Jane, Viscountess Rochford, Catherine’s lady in waiting, was implicated in her crime and was executed with her. the most significant and ‘the gallows where prisoners were seven famous executed.The first was William, Lord Hastings, in 1483, hurriedly beheaded after His arrest at a meeting of the royal council in the White Tower at the instance of the Protector, Richard Duke of Gloucester.

P4200722The next five victims were the only women to suffer death by beheading for treason. Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s second and fifth wives, had both Been convicted of adultery. Jane, Viscountess Rochford, Catherine’s lady in waiting, was implicated in her crime and was executed with her.

 Who enters in to  the Tower of London will find a  kind assistance, from a tower staff, the  guards a hearty welcome, you can spend two hours  in complete relax, you can find a  bars and restaurants for enjoy and within all immersed in the history of over a thousand years, a history that still continues today.

 

Ticket information

Your ticket includes access to the Tower and the Crown Jewels display plus Yeoman Warder guided tour and talk, live historical re-enactments, White Tower tour, children’s activity trails, entry to the Fit for a King and Prisoners of the Tower exhibitions and much more! Individual rate ticket prices include a voluntary donation*. 

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