TQ3380 : Traitor's Gate - Tower of London

taken 8 years ago, near to Bermondsey, Southwark, Great Britain

Traitor's Gate - Tower of London
Traitor's Gate - Tower of London
Designed by the Medieval architect Master James of St George on the orders of King Edward I between 1275 and 1279 as part of St Thomas's Tower the infamous water-gate entrance to the Tower of London was built to provide a new water-gate access through which King Edward could arrive at the Tower by river to stay at St Thomas's Tower which provided additional royal accommodation for the King and his family. The original function of the Tower of London was to provide a royal power base in the City of London and to provide a retreat for the Royal family in times of civil disorder. Over the years the tower was increasingly used as a prison for enemies of the state accused of treason and these were transported to the prison from the river via Traitors Gate. Anne Boleyn was the last who used the Tower as a Royal residence when she was preparing for her coronation as it was a tradition that new Kings and Queens of England would make their way from the Tower of London to Westminster Abbey for their coronations. On her death the Tower the use was increasingly used as a prison. 'Traitors Gate' has been known as such for over 300 years because of the number of prisoners accused of treason who have entered the Tower through it.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 6 October, 2011   (more nearby)
Sunday, 9 October, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Public buildings and spaces  Educational sites  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3358 8045 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.4320N 0:4.5980W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3359 8046
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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