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The Tower of London on Virtual-Tripping, Part 2.

By Mark on November 23, 2009

If you ever get the chance to visit the Tower of London in England you will find an extremely amazing and historic place, with beautiful looking gardens and fantastic structures. And with the amazing Jewel, where you can see the Crown Jewels and St.John;s Chapel, as well as the canons, armour and other weapons it really is a great place to see. You may even get a chance to visit the prisons and learn about the stories of some of the prisoners.

This is a panoramio picture taken of the Chapel within the Tower of London.

church 2
This is a panoramio picture taken of another part of the chapel within the Tower of London.

You will find there is a gorgeous looking chapel, which as I said earlier is St.John’s Chapel or the Chapel of St. John the Evangelist, is located inside the Tower of London. This chapel Dates back to 1080AD, and happens to be the oldest church in London. It is extrordinary that this church has survived many centuries and is still around today. Some of the stone make-up of this church actually came from France. To think that it was built 930 years ago is amazing. To learn more about this Chapel or church please refer to the link at the bottom of this post. Also services are still held today.

Norman garderobe
This is a panoramio picture taken of a Norman toilet within the Tower of London.

Also you will find stairs that swirl around with very short sharp steps, old rooms ie dining area, kitchen, bedrooms and of course toilets. In the olden days these toilets were known as garderobes, and it basically is a rimitive toilet, which you will find within many historical castles and towers in England. They were often connected to chambers or bedrooms and people would also keep their private belonging’s in there for safe keeping. In those days the english language also had some french words with in it, so for example the meaning garder in french, means to watch, to guard in english and the meaning would be robe clothing. So you could say it was like a changing room with a toilet and wardrobe put together. But they also liked to call a gardrobe as a private room or bedroom or a privy.

Armour of King Charles I
This is a panoramio picture taken of King Charles I armour in the Tower of London.

Queue to the Crown Jewels
This is a panoramio picture taken of a queue heading in to see the Crown Jewels at Jewel House within the Tower of London.

A canon within the tower of London.
This is a panoramio picture taken of a canon within the grounds of the Tower of London.

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  1. Heather
    10:42 pm on August 27th, 2010

    I’m American, but my family (through my maternal grandmother) is descended from the Greys. When I visited the Chapel of St. John in the Tower of London in 1983, as a young woman, I had a sense of oppression, almost desperation. I loved the space, and found it peaceful to the eye, but the sense of pent-up urgency was rather overpowering. I was told by the guide that Lady Jane Grey had spent a great deal of her time here, pacing and reading the Bible, prior to her execution.

    Strangely, I can find no other account online of this emotional effect, except for the story of the yeoman warder (Arthur Crick) who during his rounds of the White Tower sat down on a ledge in the chapel of St. John to ease his right shoe. He had the shoe off and was massaging his foot, when a voice behind him whispered, “There’s only you and I here”. Arthur’s immediate response was, “Just let me get this bloody shoe on and there’ll be only you!” No word as to whether the whisper was male or female…

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