Chapel of St John

 

The Chapel of St John
The History of the Tower of London is great, bloody and cruel and the Chapel of St John has its part to play in its story. The Chapel of St John is the oldest church in London. William the Conqueror and his family would have prayed in this ancient chapel as would most of the Kings and Queens of England who lived in the Royal apartments in the Tower of London.

Description of the Chapel of St John
The Chapel of St John is located on the second floor of the White Tower which was built under the orders of William the Conqueror.

 
 
 
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The Chapel of St John is 55 feet 6 inches long by 31 feet wide, and 32 feet high, and is vaulted with a plain arch. There are four massive columns on either side and four in the apse. A door from the Great Chamber on the second floor leads to the north aisle of the Chapel of St John.

Chapel of St John

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The Chapel of St John and the Nursery Rhyme Oranges and Lemons
The Bells of St. John's are mentioned in the lyrics of the children's Nursery Rhyme, Oranges and Lemons - Pokers and Tongs say the Bells of St Johns The pokers and tongs are a reference to the instruments of torture which were used in the Tower of London!

The Chapel of St John - a gruesome discovery
A gruesome discovery was made under the stairs leading to the Chapel of St John. In 1674 two skeletons were discovered in the White Tower under the stairs leading to the Chapel of St John. The skeletons were believed to be the remains of the bodies of the two tragic Little Princes in the Tower, Edward V and his young brother Richard, Duke of York. The two little Princes were reputedly killed on the orders of their uncle the Duke of Gloucester who became King Richard III, although some scholars name Henry VII as the culprit.

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