we got our London Passes, we headed to the London Tower to check
The photos below are what we saw.
the Tower grounds from the north provided a great view of the
moat area which is now grass.
and Steve pose for a photo with the Tower ramparts in the
London Passes got us quickly in the door and onto the cobble
streets in the castle. This is the main walkway.
Yeoman Warders, also known as "Beefeaters" (like the gin), are
all decorated war veterans (note the ribbons on his
chest). This Beefeater is preparing for a tour and softly
hitting on one of the tourists.
tour bus arrives, there is a tsunami of tourists that charge the
entrance. This section of the castle is undergoing some
a side route that put us in the king's bed chamber.
chambers had a large fire place.
White Tower is the original castle which was started in 1066
subsequent to the Norman invasion by William the
Conqueror. A portion of the grounds are under
restoration. Over the centuries this building served as
the king's residence, the mint, the armory and a host of other
changing of the guard brought out a Yeoman Warder and a set of
guards. The guards had modern automatic rifles with fixed
Yeoman is doing crowd control and insisting the people get out
of the way of the guards.
Tower Castle held the king's armament including some very large
have been improved over the years from large crossbows to to the
are closely associated with the Tower Castle. Legend
foretold the fall of the crown if the ravens ever left the
castle so the king appointed one of the yeoman as the
ravensmaster. The ravens were fed and cared for over the
years. Note the band on this raven's leg.
inside of the White Tower was turned into a museum of armament
old suits of full armor were heavy and unwieldy.
artwork is new since the last time we visited the White Tower in
2005. This dragon is composed of individual arms including
pistols, muskets, cannons and helmets.
armory had many flintlock pistols and muskets. Note the
spears on the left of the photo above.
cannons were on display, most were made out of bronze.
of these two pieces fared well. The one in the foreground
blew apart and the rear cannon sagged and bent.
display had a full rack of sabres. Select the sword of
elected to go see the crown jewelst, but there was a long
line. While in line, we moved past this modern artillery
guards were on duty outside the entrance to the jewels.
Note this guard has an automatic rifle with locked
bayonet. These guards are active duty military, so I have
to assume that the rifle is locked and loaded.
the day, the king had a set of wild animals at the Tower
Castle. His own private zoo included animals collected
from various UK colonies. The wire statue is a baboon.
upper wall walk gave us a view of statues on nearby buildings
including this beauty.
the Tower Castle and headed along the Thames providing a nice
view of the HMS Belfast docked on the south shore of the river.
the Tower of London is the Tower Bridge. Tower Bridge is a
draw bridge that allows tall ships to pass. The upper deck
is a sidewalk.
walked out onto the bridge deck and it was cold and windy.
But, we could see the rivet and plate construction technique.
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