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The most famous people to lose their head were Henry VIII’s two unfortunate wives, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Here is the executioner’s axe and chopping block in the White Tower museum (inside The Tower of London). Their bodies are said to lay under the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula.

This summer, the Tower Of London will be surrounded by a sea of crimson. This installation, conceived by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, will commemorate each and every British or Colonial fatality from World War I by planting 888, 246 red ceramic poppies in a flowing sea around the tower.

Destroed 1883 for extension to the Metropolitan Line from Aldgate to Tower of London - buildings at risk of being demolished were photographed by Henry Dixon for the Society for Photographing Relics of Old London - founded in 1875. Full of meloncholy romance - London has never looked so old.


Beefeater, London, England

The Yeomen Warders of HM’s Royal Palace & Fortress the Tower of London, Members of the Sovereign's Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary, popularly known as Beefeaters, are ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. In principle they are responsible for looking after any prisoners at the Tower and safeguarding the British crown jewels, but in practice they act as tour guides and are a tourist attraction in their own right.

The White Tower, Tower of London, UK... I love London! This was a cool, medieval place to visit. So many of the crown jewels are on display here. A lot of Beefeaters are walking around the place./ap

"Beefeaters" - Tower Warders in ceremonial 'Tudor State' dress (their day uniform is 'undress blue'). The 'Ravenmaster' feeds raw meat to the resident ravens at The Tower daily, making them the 'real beefeaters'.

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Tower of London, jewel house entrance

Graffiti at the Tower of London. Hipster English prisoners, Defaming walls in Latin since before you were born. Travelfrom Travel

Inside the White Tower of the Tower of London

Interior of The White Tower at The Tower of London. Really brings to life the historical novels that I love.

The White Tower, Tower of London was built in 1078 by William the Conqueror

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Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red: 888,246 Ceramic Poppies at the Tower of London to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI, by Paul Cummins

Red Poppies all around the moat at the Tower of London. The poppies are part of a ceramic poppy installation called ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ which marks the centenary of the outbreak of the...