Bloody Tower

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The Bloody Tower
The History of the Tower of London is great, bloody and cruel and the Bloody Tower has its part to play in its story. Bloody Tower is just one of the 21 towers which, together, form the Tower of London castle complex. The Tower of London covers an area of 18 acres and its magnificent architecture covers almost all the styles which have flourished in England. Although the Tower is no longer a place of great military strength it has in time past been a fortress, a palace, and a prison. This section provides key facts and information about the Bloody Tower.

The Purpose of the Bloody Tower
The purpose of the Bloody Tower changed according to the requirements of the era.

 
 
 
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In general terms the towers were built for accommodation, including prisons, and as gateways protecting the Tower of London concentric castle complex. The concentric castle design ensured protection of the Tower of London with successive lines of fortification - many of the different towers were gradually added, over many hundreds of years, providing additional protection. Specific facts and info about which English King was responsible for building the towers, when the towers were built, the style of architecture and interesting info about its history.

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  • Information & Facts about the Bloody Tower
  • Key Dates in the Bloody Tower's history
  • Who built the Bloody Tower in the great Tower of London?
  • Information & Facts about when the Bloody Tower was built in London

The Bloody Tower ( Garden Tower )- Key Facts and Information about the Towers

  • The Bloody Tower was built by King Henry III
  • The date the Bloody Tower was built was between 1238 - 1272
  • The Chief Architect and Master Builder of the Bloody Tower was Henry de Reyns together with John of Gloucester and Robert of Beverley
  • The Architecture / Style of the Medieval Bloody Tower is described as Norman (Romanesque) / Edwardian / Gothic
  • The purpose of the Bloody Tower was defensive - the grooves for working the massive portcullis, which was raised by chains and a windlass can still be seen on the upper floor. It was also used as an infamous prison - Sir Walter Raleigh spent his long term of imprisonment in the Bloody Tower but was not killed there in mysterious circumstances as do the unfortunate people detailed below
  • History - The Bloody Tower was originally named the Garden Tower as its upper storey opens on that part of the parade ground which was formerly the Constable's Garden. But was given this nickname from the murderous events which were believed to have occurred in the building. It is believed to first derive its name from the suicide in it of Henry Percy, eighth Earl of Northumberland, in 1585 (father of the Wizard Earl). It was then  believed to be the scene of the murder of the two little Princes in the Tower - Edward V and his brother the Duke of York. Finally it was believed that Henry VI also met his gruesome death here
  • Others who suffered imprisonment or death in the Bloody Tower included:
    • Archbishop Cranmer, Bishops Ridley and Latimer, who were condemned to death for heresy, were imprisoned in the Tower before being burned at the stake at Oxford in 1556
    • Henry Percy died there in mysterious circumstances in 1585
    • Hanging Judge Jeffreys died in the Tower - he had sentenced 320 at the 'Bloody Assizes' to be executed or transported to the Penal colonies
    • Sir Thomas Overbury, poet and courtier, was poisoned here in 1613

The Towers in the Tower of London
The very walls of the Bloody Tower contain some of the bloody secrets and the of the history of the Tower of London. Which King was responsible for building the Bloody Tower and what was his reason? When was it built? Interesting facts and info about the history of the Tower of London!

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