The Tower of london
The Tower of London PART 1 Her majestys Royal Palace and Fortress, known as the Tower of London , is a historic castle located on the north bank of the river Thames in central London. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the square mile of the city of london by the open space known as Tower Hill. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman conquest of england. The castle was used as a prison from 1100 (Ranulf Flambard) until 1952 (Kray Twins) , although that was not its primary purpose. A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence.
The tower of london PART 2There were several phases of expansion, mainly under kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries. The general layout established by the late 13th century remains despite later activity on the site.
The Tower of London has played a prominent role in English history. It was besieged several times and controlling it has been important to control the country. The tower has served variously as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the royal mint , a public records office, and the home of the crown jewels of England.
The tower of london PART 3The tower of london has become established as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It has been a tourist attraction since at least the Elizabethan period. Its most popular attractions were the royal menagerie and displays of armour. The crown jewels also garner much interest, and have been on public display since 1669. The tower steadily gained popularity with tourists through the 19th century, despite the opposition of the Duke of Wellington to visitors. Numbers became so high that by 1851 a purpose-built ticket office was erected. By the end of the century, over 500,000 were visiting the castle every year.
The tower of london PART 4Over the 18th and 19th centuries, the palatial buildings were slowly adapted for other uses and demolished. Only the Wakefield and St Thomas towers survive. The 18th century marked an increasing interest in Englands medieval past. One of the effects was the emergence of gothic revival architecture. In the towers architecture, this was manifest when the new horse armoury was built in 1825 against the south face of the white tower.
the tower of london PART 5Between 1845 and 1885 institutions such as the mint which had inhabited the castle for centuries moved to other sites, many of the post-medieval structures left vacant were demolished.
In 1855 the war office took over responsibility for manufacture and storage of weapons from the ordnance office, which was gradually phased out of the castle. At the same time there was greater interest in the history of the tower of london.
The tower of london PART 6In the first and second world wars, the tower was again used as a prison, and witnessed the executions of 12 men for spionage. After the second world war, damage caused during the blitz was repaired and the castle reopened to the public.
Today the Tower of London is one of the countrys most popular tourist attractions. Under the ceremonial charge of the constable of the tower, it is cared for by the charity historic royal palaces and is protected as a world heritage site.
THE ENDby David, Miguel and Juan Antonio