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Tower Hill
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10 Trinity Square, Tower Hill
Tower Hill is located in Greater London
Tower Hill
Tower Hill
Tower Hill shown within Greater London
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• Charing Cross 2 mi (3.2 km) W
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Post town LONDON
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Tower Hill as shown on the "Woodcut" map of c. 1561

Tower Hill is an elevated spot northwest of the Tower of London,[1] in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in the East End of London, just outside the City of London boundary.

It was formerly an extra-parochial area known as Great Tower Hill. Historically it was the site of countless public executions and today it is notable for being the site of the Tower Hill Memorial.

The area is served by Tower Gateway DLR station and Tower Hill tube station. A road named Tower Hill forms a short stretch of the A3211 route between Byward Street in the west and a junction with Minories and Tower Hill Terrace in the east.


Depiction of the 1685 execution of James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth at Tower Hill in a popular print.
Site of the Scaffold on Tower Hill


In one of the oldest parts of London, archaeological evidence shows that there was a settlement on the hill in the Bronze Age and much later a Roman village that was burnt down during the Boudica uprising. A nearby church, All Hallows-by-the-Tower, is known for fragments of Romanesque architecture dating back to AD 680; the church itself dates from 675.

Local government

Great Tower Hill was an extra-parochial area within the Tower Liberty, under the direct administrative control of the Tower of London and outside the jurisdiction of the City of London and the county of Middlesex. In 1855 the area became part of the district of the Metropolitan Board of Works.

The "District of Tower" became part of the Whitechapel District, under the authority of the Whitechapel District Board of Works. This was ambiguous and The Great Tower Hill Act 1869 was required to explicitly interpret it as Old Tower Without, including within it Great Tower Hill.[2] The Tower Liberty was abolished in 1894 and incorporated into the County of London.


Public executions of high-profile traitors and criminals were often carried out on Tower Hill, including:


  1. ^ Wheatley, Henry Benjamin; Cunningham, Peter (1891). "Tower Hill". London Past and Present. vol. 3. London: John Murray. pp. 400–402. 
  2. ^ The Statutes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Great Britain, His Majesty's Statute and Law Printers, (1869)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Sign at site of the scaffold (2)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Sign at site of the scaffold (3)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Sign at site of the scaffold (4)
  6. ^ "Walter Hungerford and the 'Buggery Act' | English Heritage". Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Sign at site of the scaffold (5)

External links

  • Media related to Tower Hill at Wikimedia Commons

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Cumgranissalis  •  Link

great site: thanks

Bradford  •  Link

Grim edifice, superbly captured. Those of us several thousand miles away thank you.

Bill  •  Link

Tower hill, a very spacious area to the north, east and west of the Tower ditch, divided into Great and Little Tower hill. The west end extending much farther to the north is called by the former name, and the east end, in which is the victualling office, by the latter. It must be confessed that Tower hill has many handsome buildings, particularly among the row of houses which bound it to the west; but, though this great area might be rendered extremely beautiful, it is quite the reverse, in almost every other part besides that just mentioned, we find it ill built, and the ground a mere dunghill; particularly in little Towerhill, where we see either the backs of the houses next this fine area, or mean edifices in ruins. But as the hill is now improved and rendered more safe by placing strong wooden rails on the outside of the ditch, it is to be hoped that the ground will be completely levelled, and laid out to greater advantage, and that some care will be taken to rebuild the houses that are falling down, particularly as this is a place visited by all strangers.
---London and Its Environs Described. R. Dodsley, 1761.

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