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Every stone on this building, has seen it all. This isn’t History – these events really happened.
This quote, above, are the exact words from one guide, who’s also a Yeomen Warder at the Tower. It’s a true statement that not only presents the History of the Tower of London, but of all the Historic Buildings in the world. It provides that History isn’t created by people – it is by all.
London is full of wondrous sites, including The Shard, The London Eye and Big Ben. But the Tower of London is my favourite landmark; to me, it’s the icing on the cake – there’s so much to explore and learn – facts and all. But what are the true facts of the Tower? And what isn’t?
The Internet can amazing, but sometimes, the facts you read can be incorrect. It may sound ridiculous, but this doesn’t affect me. What amazes me, however, are the facts that are spoken by word and/or written beside an artefact in a Historical Palace, House or Museum. And it’s a shame that everyone is being incorrectly taught; all wrongs can make a right, though. That is how this blog became to be.
There are many facts of the Tower, to which, I’ve learnt during my visit. However, I won’t include all; instead, I will include my favourites.
So, here are my favourite facts about the Tower of London:
- As I mentioned in my vlog, the term Beefeaters (another name for the Warders) doesn’t originate from France at all! It’s not even in the French Dictionary. It’s an English word. But were did it come from? Well, turns out that there were several events (when the White Tower was a Royal Palace) when the sovereign went to bed, the guards would eat the leftover beef on their plate.
- The site of the Executor’s Block – Tower Hill – is inaccurate! It was constructed by the Victorians, who got everything wrong. The real site is now where Tower Hill Tube Station stands.
- The timber roof in the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula was ordered to be constructed by Henry VIII for his first wife, Katherine of Aragon, so she could remember her homeland, back in Spain. This was before Henry broke from Rome and divorcing Katherine.
- To be a Yeoman Warder, you have to be a former Warrant Officer – either in the Royal Navy, Army, Marines or Air Force – and must have worked in this position for at least twenty-two years.
- The Warders call the Tower of London their home. With their families, they have their own homes, with all the living comforts of home. They also have entertainment, including a pub. But although they have everything, we mustn’t forget that the guards – men and women – are heroes who have bravely served their country.
Well, that’s all for now. If you want to go to the Tower of London,