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Monday, March 28, 2011

Tower of London

Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, a.k.a. the Tower of London (see below), is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London.

The Tower of London was founded in 1066 AD during the Norman Conquest of England by William the Conqueror. The Tower of London was used as a prison since at least 1100, but that was not its primary purpose. Instead, the Tower of London served as a royal residence early in its history.

Tower of London

Despite the Tower of London's reputation as a place of torture and death, only seven people were executed within the Tower before World Wars I and II.

On the other hand, executions were more commonly held on nearby Tower Hill, where 112 executions occurred over a 400-year period. Visitors to the Tower of London today can see the axe and chopping block (see below) used in some those executions.

Tower of London

Ann Boleyn was among those held and executed at the Tower of London. She was the second wife of King Henry VIII whose armour (see below) can be seen by visitors to the Tower of London.

Tower of London

The Tower of London is located on the north bank of the River Thames next to Tower Bridge. Visitors to the Tower of London may also want to view Tower Bridge or visit the nearby George Inn in Southwark.

The Tower of London
London
EC3N 4AB
Tel: 0844 482 7777

Tower of London, London, England


Tower of London Map

© 2011 John Westby

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