Byward Tower

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The Byward Tower
The History of the Tower of London is great, bloody and cruel and the Byward Tower has its part to play in its story. Byward 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 Byward Tower.

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

The Byward Tower - Key Facts and Information about the Towers

  • A new entrance to the Tower of London, with a drawbridge was added called the Byward Tower
    • The Byward Tower was the great Gatehouse of the Outer Ward and is in part the work of Henry III, and in part that of Richard II
  • The date the Byward Tower was built was between 1238 - 1272 and strengthened further during  Richard II reign in 1381 following the Peasants Revolt
  • The Chief Architect and Master Builder of the Byward Tower was Henry de Reyns together with John of Gloucester and Robert of Beverley
  • The Architecture / Style of the Medieval Byward Tower is described as Norman (Romanesque)
  • The purpose of the Byward Tower was to offer additional protection to the central keep and possessed two portcullis.
  • History - The Byward Tower is believed to have been built adjacent to the Warder's Hall and from this derived its name ( By the Warders). The Byward Tower is the great Gatehouse of the Outer Ward. It is in part the work of Henry III. Richard II stayed in the Tower with his family while London burned outside its walls. The Peasants Revolt came to an end when their leader, Wat Tyler, was killed by the Lord Mayor of London

The Byward Tower
The very walls of the Byward Tower contain some of the bloody secrets and the of the history of the Tower of London. Which King was responsible for building the Byward 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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