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

Inscriptions carved by prisoners in the Beauchamp Tower, Tower of London

Prisoner graffiti - carved into the walls of Beauchamp Tower at the Tower of London. Very creepy!

"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.

King of England funeral masks at Tower of London

Graffiti in a cell in the Tower of London by Fred Dawson, via Flickr

The Tower Bridge, London 1905

Sir Walter Raleigh's cell in the Tower of London by Fred Dawson, via Flickr

The bloody axe that was used to behead at the Tower of London.

Tower of London.

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

Traitors Gate, Tower of London. Really sad, right outside the torture chamber.

Keys and lantern used to lock the Tower of London each night ~ Known as The Ceremony of the Keys it takes place every night at the Tower of London, and has done so since the 14th century. Read about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceremony_of_the_Keys

Wingfield Manor, Derbyshire, England. Abandoned since 1770, this monument to late medieval ‘conspicuous consumption’ was built in the 1440s for the wealthy Ralph, Lord Cromwell, Treasurer of England. Later the home of Bess of Hardwick’s husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury, who imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots here in 1569, 1584 and 1585. That woman could just not catch a break.

*HOUSE OF THE VETTII: Pompeii, date: 79 AD destroyed. Current location: Pompeii, Napoli, Campania, Italy. The House of Vetti preserves exceptional examples of pompeian wall-paintings. It is one of the few Pompeian house to have all of the wall paintings, furniture, + artifacts discovered there remain in place, rather than removed (+often sold) as in earlier centuries.

Roman, Augustan ca. 27 B.C.-A.D. 14 The ornament, originally clad in silver, served as a furniture attachment or, more likely, as part of a candelabrum or a stand for a censer or bowl. Egyptianizing decorative arts were especially popular in Rome in the years after the defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 B.C. Other examples can be seen on the wall paintings from the villa at Boscotrecase, also displayed in this gallery.

A WONDERFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE TUDOR CARVED OAK ARMCHAIR. ENGLISH. CIRCA 1540.

Spoon and fork, 3rd century A.D.; Imperial Roman; Silver; L. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm) This elegant and unusual eating implement doubles as both a spoon and a fork, the latter intended more for picking up food from a serving dish than for eating from one's own plate. The handle is decorated with a spotted panther, an animal often associated with the god Dionysos.

Ancient Egyptian Cat Mummies

Napoleon Bonaparte / Vespasian / The Last Words Of 17 Historical Figures (via BuzzFeed)

Mummy of Prince Amenemhat before Unwrapping, 1919, by Ambrose Lansing