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Tower Part 3



Map - Tower 4

After you leave the Fusiliers' Museum head to the north east corner of the inner Tower Wall. Here you find some shops and the start of the Wall Walk along the eastern wall of the Tower.

The houses next to the Fusiliers' Headquarters were built in 1700, they were originally for officials of the Board or Ordnance, however they became the Hospital block for the Tower garrison.

The New Armouries was also built for Ordnance in 1664 and is now occupied by the Royal Armouries.


Wall Walk

Follow this walk south towards the Thames River, exiting at the Salt Tower. The ground floor of the Salt Tower would have been used for storage during peaceful times. During conflicts archers would have fired directly at invaders by shooting through the arrow loops here. The first floor contains a hooded fire place and more archers loops. This room would have house  John Baliol, previously King of Scotland ( 1292 - 1296 ) becoming incarcerated after being defeated by Edward I. During the reign of Elizabeth I ( 1558 - 1603 ) the room was a cell occupied by Catholic priests. Evidence of this can be found on the inscriptions carved on the walls.

 If you wish you can continue back to the exit via the Medieval Walk that commences near Lanthorn Tower and ends at St Thomas's Tower near traitors gate. 


Battlements

If you proceed through Henry III's Watergate to towards the Thames you will end up on 'The Wharf'. When the Tower was England's main storage of armaments, much of this area was taken up with the movement and storage of munitions, and was occupied at different times with cannon foundries, a small arms factory and a proof yard. The Wharf also had a ceremonial role as the landing place of dignitaries before they entered the city. Since the time of Henry VIII ( 1509 - 1547 ) guns have been fired from here on special occasions.

Make you way back towards Bayward Tower and the exit of the Tower of London.


At one time the Tower must have contained almost one thousand people. The figure today is more like 150, these being the Yeoman Warders and resident Tower officials and their families. Today there are about 40 Yeoman Warders, who are former warrant officers in the Army, Royal Marines or Royal Air Force, with an honourable service record of at least 22 years.

Of all the traditions and ceremonies of the Tower one above all evokes its unique character as a royal palace and fortress. The nightly Ceremony of the Keys is where the outer gates of the fortress are locked and the keys taken to the monarch's representative in the Tower, the Resident Governor. The Tower then remains locked and protected from the outside world until the following morning when it is unlocked and opened to the public again.


Tower Bridge

 As you leave don't forget to take a look at the views of Tower Bridge

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