Tower of London

About The Tower of London

The Tower of London is a historic castle & prison on the north bank of the River Thames. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

The Tower of London castle, which gives the entire place the name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078. Also known as the "The White Tower", it was a symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite. In 1100, it was used as a prison, and in recent times was even a home for the Kray twins.

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Facts about The Tower of London


The Tower is a complex consisting of several buildings connected within concentric rings of walls and a moat. It was built in several phases, mainly during the late 12th and early 13th centuries, while Henry I was king. The general layout established by the 13th century still stands despite later activity. 

The tower fortress dates back to the days of ancient kings. It was a rock-solid home for all those in power in England from the 1300s to the 1700s. It was a symbol of strength and the security of the crown.

The tower's role as a jail intensified in the era of Elizabeth I. Holding figures accused of treason conferred on the tower a status that notorious prisons today do not have. Many who had fallen into disgrace, such as Elizabeth I before she became queen and Sir Walter Raleigh, were housed there. 

The tower means prison to many people and builds this idea into popular marketing. We call it the Tower of London to give the negative connotations of prison, a role that it played in the past. Despite this history of villainy, only seven people were executed within the area of the tower before the 2nd World War. 

Two were executed on the narrowest square mile of all, pavements around the drawbridge. Executions were more commonly held on the notorious Tower Hill northwest of the castle instead of within the castle, with 112 occurring there over the four centuries of the tower's use.

The Tower dominates the surrounding landscape of Saxon London and has been mapped since the time of Alfred the Great, who built the earliest parts of the White Tower, or the Royal palace, around 890. Then, in 1066 Norman William the Conqueror took control of the city. For the next 700 years the Norman barons fought for power but the Tower remained a source of power. 

During the Tudor era, kings could be lunicked, imprisoned, or killed within the Tower. This information dominates visitors' experience during their stay.The Tower has ancient roots and was initially built for defensive purposes. It has expanded over time to include some pleasant recreation space.

The winner of the custodian gig will be on top of the world with seven square meals a day, a full staff, and expense account 66 times bigger than his predecessor. The oldest part of the White Tower dates to the 12th century. 

The entrance, reached through a thick wooden entranceway, is on the south face.the basement includes exposed timbers that date from the 18th century when the basement was lowered and the wooden vaults were replaced with brick counterparts. 

In this section of the cellar there's a contribution from the late 19th minutes when the light slits were in.The upper-north (lit. north) hall of the chapel had to be entered by passing through a smaller room on the north-east. 

Everyone can't be admitted at one time. But the entrance was later blocked and opened to the public much later. In the modern tower, getting to the upper floor of the chapel was designed to take you around the topics of Western Logic.


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