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London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
 

The Bell Tower

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, April 27, 2018
1. The Bell Tower Marker
Inscription.  
The curfew bell has rung from this tower for centuries; the current bell dates from 1651. The tower, and the wall next to it, were built during the reign of Richard I (1189-99) and once stood on the edge of the river. It is thought that Sir Thomas More was imprisoned here in 1534.

You can see the exposed plinth at the base of the Bell Tower, showing how tall the tower was before the Outer Ward was built around it. In later centuries, the only access to the Bell Tower was through the Lieutenant's Lodgings, making it a very secure prison. In 1534 the Catholic Bishop John Fisher and, probably, Sir Thomas More, were imprisoned here for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as supreme head of the Church of England.

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts or Castles.
 
Location. 51° 30.465′ N, 0° 4.648′ W. Marker is in London Borough of Tower Hamlets, England, in Greater London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Tower
The Bell Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 27, 2018
2. The Bell Tower Marker
Hill and Trinity Square, on the left when traveling west. Located inside the entrance to the Tower of London. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: London Borough of Tower Hamlets, England EC3N 4DJ, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Byward Postern (a few steps from this marker); The Tower Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); The Queen’s Stairs (within shouting distance of this marker); Saluting Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tower of London foreshore (within shouting distance of this marker); Western entrance (within shouting distance of this marker); Coldharbour Gate tower and Innermost Ward wall (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lost Palace (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tower of London. (Submitted on May 15, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Tower of London on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 15, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
The Bell Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 27, 2018
3. The Bell Tower Marker
<i>Tower of London   The Bell Tower </i> image. Click for full size.
By H.M. Office of Works, circa 1920
4. Tower of London   The Bell Tower
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 15, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   4. submitted on May 17, 2018.
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