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The Tower You Don't Want To Get Sent To

The White Tower at the Tower Of London was constructed between 1078-1100 by William The Conqueror and was built to signify his 'arrival' as King and his dominance over the nation's capital. It's role as a prison for Royals, political and religious figures reached its zenith around the 16th and 17th Centuries, it was here that both Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey were executed and here that Queen Elizabeth 1 and Sir Walter Raleigh were both held as prisoners.

 

The Crown Jewels are held at the Tower Of London. The collection includes the Cullinan Diamond, the largest rough diamond ever discovered weighing in at 621g or 3,106 carats, pieces of this diamond now feature in both the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's Sceptre.

 

Home to the famous 'Beefeaters' the Yeoman Warders are the guards of the tower and should you want to become one a 22 year stretch with an honourable record in the armed forces is firstly required.

 

According to popular folklore should the ravens of The Tower Of London ever leave then the crown will fall and so 7 ravens, 6 being the number required and an extra one for good measure are permanently kept at the tower.

 

The Tower Of London is a World Heritage Site and not surprisingly is a Grade 1 Listed Building.

 

More info

 

www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/

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Taken on March 28, 2012