SE6051 : A tower and a tree

taken 4 years ago, near to York, Great Britain

A tower and a tree
A tower and a tree
The shrouded tree is part of the set of the production, 'Blood and Chocolate'. The production uses the City of York as its backdrop to tell a story inspired by the employers and workers of the chocolate factories in York during the First World War, their sense of duty towards their beliefs, each other and their commitment to defending their homeland.
To the left is Clifford's Tower. The original motte, with a timber structure at the top, was constructed by William the Conqueror in 1068 as a statement of his power over the region.
On 16th March 1190, the timber fortification saw the horrific mass suicide and massacre of York's 150-strong Jewish community. Anti-Semitic rioting had already taken place in London, King's Lynn and Norwich following the death of Henry II, a monarch who had offered much encouragement to Jewish business activity. With his death, this protection ended, and rather than face death at the hands of a murderous mob, Rabbi Yomtob called upon his fellow Jews to commit suicide. The castle pictured here, was constructed to a quatrefoil plan, on top of the Norman motte, between 1245 and 1272, during the reign of Henry III. It isn't entirely clear when or why the Tower got its present name. Originally it was simply known as the King’s Tower, the first recorded use of 'Clifford's Tower' is not until 1596. The name may be a reference to the fact that Roger de Clifford was hanged at the tower in 1322 for opposing Edward II, or to the Clifford family’s claim that they were the hereditary constables of the tower.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 6 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 7 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Sport, Leisure  City, Town centre 
Period (from Tags)
13th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 6053 5142 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:57.3204N 1:4.7440W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 6055 5140
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Outdoor Theatre Set  Norman Motte  Castle  Tower 

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