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Paola T   Link to this

site where Pepys stood to watch the city burn... date??

vincent   Link to this

The Tower of London is situated at the south-east end of the city,{((There is also an apartment in the Tower where noble prisoners used to be confined))}
on the river Thames, and consists in reality of a great number of towers or forts, built at several times, which still retain their several names, though at present most of them, together with a little town and church, are enclosed within one wall and ditch, and compose but one entire fortress.
.....( lots of description )...
.. I shall mention is the Mint, where, at present, all the money in the kingdom is coined. This makes a considerable street in the Tower,...

...Crown Jewels...

...There is also an apartment in the Tower where noble prisoners used to be confined, but of late years some of less quality have been sent thither.... {{{and of course a "zoo"}}}.
London in 1731, by Don Manoel Gonzales - Page 1.
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Pauline   Link to this

John Stow, The Survey of London, 1598:
"The Tower is a citadel to defend or command the city: a royal palace for assemblies or treaties: a prison of state for the most dangerous offenders: the only place of coinage for all England at this time: the armoury for warlike provision: the treasury of the ornaments and jewels of the crown: and general conserver of the most records of the king's courts of justice at Westminster."

vincent   Link to this

pic: Tower of London, 1670 view (use edit to find way down)

michael j. gresk m.a.   Link to this

best (and shortest) ceremony in london. the ceremony of the keys is a little known daily event which is a joy to attend. each night for the last 700 years the tower is officially locked. the entire ceremony takes 25 mins. a limited number of tickets are available. you must write in advance to the gov. of the tower. and it's free of charge!! just do it

vicente   Link to this

Kings and Beasts - The Tower of London's Royal Menagerie
The Tower of London is infamous as a site of bloody execution, but for six centuries it held hundreds of exotic animals captive in its Royal Menagerie
The longest continuous running zoo in the world Begun in 1235 with a royal gift of leopards to King Henry III
King James I set up special baits, pitting dogs, bears and bulls against the lions:
A short history of the Tower of London
blood and beefeaters?

JWB   Link to this

"Medieval zoo found at Tower of London"
Richard Sampson

david ross mcirvine   Link to this

Yes, if Blake ever saw a tiger, he saw it at the Tower of London. He does seem to've known the vicinity, as he mentions a street (Sneaking Lane) thereabouts once.

TerryF   Link to this

"London in 1731", by Don Manoel Gonzales, containing the description of The Tower on p. 1 that vincent summarizes - his link to that now being unresponsive, here is one to the original etext at

Terry Foreman   Link to this

[A fine plan of the Tower, seen from above, with this description ]

The Tower Liberty


John Stow (John Strype, editor),
Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster
London, 1720, 2 volumes
The Tower Liberty, or Liberties, or Liberty of the Tower:

Until the nineteenth century the Tower of London and a small area surrounding it was free from the jurisdiction of the City of London. The Tower Liberty had its own courthouse and prison, and the Gentlemen (or Officers) of the Tower claimed certain rights, such as the beasts that fell off London Bridge, all swans which floated below the bridge, as well the right to exact some tolls on goods travelling on the Thames past the Tower.

During the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century one of the German ancestors of the owner of this site lived within the Tower as a Gentleman of the Tower.

Paul Chapin   Link to this

Lest others share my confusion, "the owner of this site" in Terry's post is not Phil, but a lady in Tasmania.

Michael Robinson   Link to this

Wencaslaus Holler (Czech/British, 1607-1677)

London, the Tower; view NE across the Thames towards the fortress on the far bank, Traitors' gate in the centre, White Tower rising beyond it, with the Byward, Bell, Lantern, Cradle and Salt Towers, and a three-masted ship flying the St George's flag in mid-stream, two barge and other vessels

Pen and ink over graphite, lightly tinted with watercolour

Executed c. 1637-1641.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

The Tower on the Rocque map (1746)

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