TL0507 : Hemel Hempstead: The Charter Tower

taken 14 years ago, near to Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Hemel Hempstead: The Charter Tower
Hemel Hempstead: The Charter Tower
The Charter Tower is so named because local legend has it that Henry VIII stayed with Anne Boleyn in Hemel in 1539, and handed down Hemel Hempstead's market Royal Charter from the upper window, as a mark of gratitude for the hospitality he had received. However the tower was originally the entrance into Bury House which was rebuilt by Sir Richard Combes (or Combe or Coombe or any other similar name depending on what you read!) and his family between 1540 and 1595, so the story is probably mythical. Through the tower there is a glimpse of the Walled Garden, which is the site of the original Bury House, while the spire of St Mary's Church TL0507 : Hemel Hempstead: St Mary's Church is in the background.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 19 April, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 21 April, 2007
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Tower   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 054 077 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:45.4848N 0:28.4586W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 054 077
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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