Tower of London complex of buildings, rather than a single tower. Towers are made up of:
Thomas Beauchamp Earl of Warwick is the name given to this Edward I-built tower. Beauchamp Tower contains some of most impressive inscriptions that were created by Tudor prisoner-carvers. There are many carved inscriptions, some with intricate heraldic designs, others just the name Jane. Lady Jane Grey was the 9-day monarch executed when she was 17 in 1554. You can see Crown Jewel Tour for more information.
Richard The Lionheart, who ruled from 1544 to 1605, built the Bell Tower. Sir Thomas More spent 1534 in prison, and Elizabeth I, her future successor, was also confined to the same tower during Mary’s reign.
3. Bloody Tower
Originally named the Garden Tower (or the Tower of Blood), the Bloody Tower got its better-known name around the 16th century. This was because the Tower of Bloody Tower is where it’s believed the wicked uncle, Edward IV, had executed the princes on his orders. Other murders are certain to have occurred in The Bloody Tower. In the Bloody Tower, the Jacobean courtier-writer Sir Thomas Overbury ended his days by being poisoned with an enema given to him on the order of a powerful nobility he was foolish enough cross.
Tradition says that in the Bowyer Tower the Duke Clarence was drowned by a malmsey-wine butt. Shakespeare describes the murder as Richard III takes place, even though his settings are described only as The Tower. London’.
Sir Walter Raleigh was locked up in the Brick Tower for a year in 1592, when he incurred Elizabeth I’s wrath by seducing Elizabeth Throckmorton – one of Elizabeth I’s maids of honor -, getting her pregnant and marrying her in secret. While the Queen’s servants had to obtain her consent before they married, Sir Walter Raleigh and his wife were put in disgrace.
Broad Arrow Tower
Broad Arrow Tower is part of Henry Ills’s Tower expansions in the Middle of the Thirteenth Century. It gets its name from a motif stamped onto goods, indicating that they are the property of Crown.
Probably so named due to its proximity with the old Warders’ Hall. From this tower, the chief warder performs the Ceremony of the Keys at night before locking the Tower for the day.
In the olden days, the tower housed the Tower Constable. Today the model of London’s Tower of London, as it was in medieval times is on display.
Cradle-tower, which dates back to middle fourteenth century was named for the hoist system that lifted boats out of the river at the Cradle’s entrance. John Gerard the Jesuit priest escaped in 1597 by using the Cradle Tower.
Develin Tower used to be the one tower that was not open for the public and it opened on a pullbridge across the moat which led to Iron Gate.