Lanthorn Tower

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

The Purpose of the Lanthorn Tower
The purpose of the Lanthorn 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.

Lanthorn Tower

Lanthorn Tower

  • Information & Facts about Lanthorn Tower
  • Key Dates in Lanthorn Tower history
  • Who built the Lanthorn Tower in London's great Tower of London Castle?
  • Information & Facts about when the Lanthorn Tower was built and by who

The Lanthorn Tower - Key Facts and Information about the Towers

  • The Lanthorn Tower was built by King Henry III
  • The date the Lanthorn Tower was built was between 1238 - 1272
  • The Chief Architect and Master Builder of the Lanthorn Tower was Henry de Reyns together with John of Gloucester and Robert of Beverley
  • The Architecture / Style of the Medieval Lanthorn Tower is described as Norman (Romanesque)
  • History - This tower was also part of the original Norman plan. It is the second largest tower. The Lanthorn Tower was named for the lantern which was placed in the small turret on top of the tower at night as a guide for ships on the Thames. Lanterns - or 'lanthorns' were a common form of lighting in a Medieval castle. A candle was stuck into a metal frame with sides made of thin, transparent horns
  • Prisoners were later housed in the Lanthorn Tower which was partly destroyed by fire in 1774 and subsequently demolished.
  • Anthony Salvin, a Victorian architect, was appointed in 1851 to 'restore' the Tower to a pseudo-medieval form so it could be opened to the public. He repaired doors and windows, recreated the battlements and improved the outside facade. Salvin also built a pump house, used today as the Tower shop. Salvin remained at the Tower until 1870, when John Taylor took over the restoration

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