The symbol of power by the ruling Normans was showcased by the imposing construction of the White Tower which began in 1078 and took several years to build. Sadly, the Tower was not completed during the lifetime of William the Conqueror. The White Tower gives the entire Tower of London its name.
About the Tower of London | Beyond the walls of London Fortress
The Tower underwent several phases of expansion throughout the centuries especially during the 12th and 13th centuries under kings Richard I, Henry III and Edward I. As a whole, the Tower complex encompasses several buildings, set within two rings of defensive walls, and 21 towers. The general layout of the late 13th century remains.
Officially known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, the Tower is one of the most visited attraction in London and wider United Kingdom. The iconic landmark of Britain attracts approximately 2.86 million visitors a year (2018 data). Owned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Crown, the Tower is under the ceremonial charge of the Constable of the Tower, operated by the Resident Governor of the Tower of London and Keeper of the Jewel House.
What to expect from Beyond the Walls of London Fortress
Given the Tower’s prominence in English history as a ‘fortress, palace and a prison’ this page on Beyond the Walls of London Fortress offers you information related to and all about the Tower of London – from its creation, occupants, the kings and queens as well as the part of history we wish never took place at the Tower. Along with this, there are articles on the crown jewels, and age old traditions at the Tower which are observed today without fail. Included also are ways to experience the Tower to enhance your visit and highly recommended books to delve deeper into the history of the Tower.
In essence, this ultimate resource on Beyond the Walls of London Fortress aims to facilitate, adding value to your visit by fulfilling the need for a one-stop resource to one of the most famous of Britain’s heritage. As well, the articles are good reading materials for history buffs.
Below you will find individual articles on the most interesting stories beyond the walls of London Fortress. More articles will be added from time to time – Suscribe to Timeless Travel Steps to stay connected.
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Location: St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB | London Borough of Tower Hamlets