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      Prisoner graffiti - carved in the walls of Beauchamp Tower at the Tower of London. Eerie!

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    Prisoner graffiti - carved in the walls of Beauchamp Tower at the Tower of London. Eerie!

    St. Philip Howard ~ This is some graffiti in a cell within the Tower of London. Throughout the Tower, where the Catholic martyrs were kept, the prisoners scratched their names, prayers and Catholic symbols into the stone walls. This particular specimen was written by St. Philip Howard and reads: “The more suffering for Christ in this world, the more glory with Christ in the next. Arundell, 22, June 1587.”

    "Jane" carved into the wall of a room in the Beauchamp Tower in the Tower of London. It is believed (no absolute proof available) that it was carved by Guildford Dudley, husband of Lady Jane Grey. They were both executed (along with a number of other people) for trying to put Jane on the throne.

    'Charles of Orleans in the Tower of London' Charles of Orleans, a successor to the French throne, was taken prisoner at Agincourt (1415) and spent 25 years as a prisoner of the English King. Poems he wrote to pass the time in captivity are copied in this manuscript, together with a collection of works on love and instruction for young princes. The unique series of illuminations includes this powerful image in which Charles, imprisoned in the Tower is dwarfed by the splendour of Edward IV’s London. This is the earliest known topographically accurate depiction of the city. Charles of Orleans, Poems Bruges and London?, c. 1483; c. 1492 – c. 1500 Owned by Edward IV? Royal 16 F. ii, f. 73 ©The British Library Board

    Tower Hill Execution Block Beside the Merchant Seamen Memorial is a set of plaques marking the deaths of more than 125 people - most of them held prisoner at the Tower of London - who were executed here for treason. These include Sir Thomas More in 1535 and Lord Lovat (aged 80) in 1747 - the last beheading here. Tower Hill EC3 Tube: Tower Hill

    Rudolf Hess was Adolf Hitter’s Deputy. In 1941 just before the German invasion of the Soviet Union, Hess secretly flew alone to Great Britain to hold peace talks, suggesting Nazi Germany would withdraw from Western Europe if Great Britain helped in the War with The Soviet Union. Winston Churchill dismissed the idea, and sent Hess to the Tower of London; Hess became the last political prisoner of the Tower of London ever.

    Photograph depicting inscriptions carved by prisoners in the Beauchamp Tower, Tower of London, by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1898 Source: collections.vam.a... For some strange reason the original image is upside down, which made it difficult to make out the inscriptions.

    Thomas More's prison cell was the ground floor of the Bell Tower in the Tower of London, where he was imprisoned from April 1534 to July 1535. It had no glass in what served as windows and was directly above the Tower's moat, close to the Thames River. Photograph by Tommy Heyne

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    Prison cell of Thomas More.