Tuesday, May 19, 2015

London, the Tower of London

The Tower of London

Above. Traitor's Gate leading onto the Thames.

The photo above shows Traitor's Gate in the foreground, with the Bloody Tower Gate behind it. The tower with the six light window is the Wakefield Tower, built between 1238 and 1272 by Henry III and designed to be the Eastern entry to the castle. Attached to the Wakefield Tower would have been the Great Hall, where Anne Boleyn was tried in May 1536, answering charges of incest, adultery and treason. The Great Hall was demolished during Cromwell's Commonwealth. Traitor's Gate was built during the reign of Edward I with the initial purpose of providing a river entry to the castle complex, simply for the comings and goings of the Royal family, giving them easy access to the Royal lodgings. From around 1544, the gate was referred to as the Traitor's Gate, where many prisoners were brought into the castle for trial and execution.

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