The Tower of London

Last month on July 28 we visited the infamous Tower of London.  This was our second visit to the Tower, with the first being in August 2012 when the Olympics was in town.

“The Tower of London was founded in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England” according to Wikipedia.”  The Tower has served variously as an armory, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public record office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of England” Wikipedia.

Although the Tower is known for its’ use as a prison and a place of executions, prior to World War I and World War II only seven people were executed there.

DSCN4398DSCN4405We began our Tour conducted by a throughly colorful character; one of the proud ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London, The Beefeaters.

DSCN4403All Yeoman Warders, “are retired from the Armed Forces of Commonwealth realms and must be former senior non-commissioned officers or petty officers with at least 22 years of service.  They must also hold the Long Service and Good Conduct medal” Wikipedia.

DSCN4423Of course the Tower of London was where one of Henry VIII’s most famous wives was imprisoned and subsequently beheaded; Anne Boleyn.

IMG_3418Above is a monument on the Tower Green that approximates the spot where the beheadings occurred.

I found the Ravens fascinating to observe.

IMG_3357IMG_3365Or Henry’s…perhaps wishful thinking…suit of armor.

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The Tower has a brooding melancholy atmosphere to it…quite fascinating in its’ historic splendor!

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Of course one of the most iconic images is Tower Bridge.

DSCN4462DSCN4439IMG_3429To tour the Tower of London is to both commune with the past and the spirits of history.  It is a unique experience that leaves an indelible impression.

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10 responses

    1. The elephant was part of the Royal Menagerie and was a gift from King Louis XI of France in 1255. This was a gift to King Henry III.

  1. Nice photos – especially the beefeater and and raven. Brings back nice memories. Thanks.

    1. Thank you my friend. 😃

  2. You might want to check that second paragraph again. I sincerely hope you meant a *public* record office! 😉

    1. Thank you! Corrected. :}

  3. Ah the elephant! Cool pictures. Only seven executions? Were all his wives I wonder? Thanks.

    1. “William Lord Hastings who was executed by the Protector, Richard Duke of Gloucester, in 1483. Jane Bolyen, the sister-in-law of Anne Bolyen, executed alongside Catherine Howard. The 70 year old Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, executed under Henry VIII’s orders and hacked to death by a blundering executioner.” http://www.capitalpunishmentuk.org

      Lady Jane Grey – (1554)
      Robert Devereux – Earl of Essex

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