However, looking at all the history, most of it has nothing to do with the harsher sides of life. Here people lived and worked, and most of the time it was quite a peaceful place. Just like it is today. This was a wonderful, sunny day, a lot of people, but probably not as many as would normally be there in the peak season. I walked around, with my audio phone around my neck, and a map in the hand, to get a bearing of the place. These two means did not prevent me from walking out of a gate to watch the view. At least that is what I thought I was doing, until I realised that it was another entrance/exit, and at the same time the audio phone started peeping! Quite embarrassing! I had to go back to the office and have it de-activated. It might have been a common problem, because one of the assistants was already on the way to help me out.
|The White Tower|
|The Wakefield and Lanthorn towers|
|Traitor's Gate built underneath the Wakefield tower|
Other kings and queens made their marks on the Tower. It has had many uses during its lifetime; royal homes, prisons, military defence, a zoo, archives and much more. Even a branch of the Royal Mint was established in the Tower, as well as the Crown Jewels. It was the first time I saw the Crown Jewels and they were quite fantastic. The best thing was the actual crowning jewels, which were placed in glass vitrines while you slowly, slowly passed by on a conveyer belt. You could also go 'by yourself' on a level a step higher. In a totally dark room it made a magnificent showing.
Next post will contain some more information of what I saw at the Tower.