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Tower of London
05/25/2017 at 11:46. Facebook
These are the liberties of the Tower of London. The ancient custom of Beating the Bounds would originally have been observed by all London parishes every Ascension Day. A group would walk the parameters of the parish, beating the boundary markers to show the younger generations.

Residents and officials from the Tower of London still honour this tradition today and walk their bounds once every...
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Tower of London
05/21/2017 at 08:00. Facebook
Today in 1471: Henry VI dies at the Tower of London, allegedly murdered in the Wakefield Tower.

Each year, Henry VI’s death is marked by a private ceremony at the Tower, the Ceremony of the Lilies and Roses, where a procession, including Yeoman Warders and representatives from colleges he founded, make their way to the Wakefield Tower to lay lilies and roses upon the site where Henry VI died.
Today in 1471 Henry VI dies at the Tower of London allegedly
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Robin Brothers Garcia
Tower of London
Tower of London
05/21/2017 at 07:30. Facebook
The Beating the Bounds ceremony dates back to 1381 when official inspections were made of the boundary stones marking the Tower's jurisdiction. The ceremony continues to be performed to this day every third year. Here are some photos of the Tower Chaplain, Tower officials, choir boys and local school children Beating the Bounds in 1924, 1948, 1957, 1966 and 1975.

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The Beating the Bounds ceremony dates back to 1381 when official inspections
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By a strange coincidence, on the same day that Anne Boleyn was executed at the Tower of London, 18 years later her daughter Elizabeth I would be released from the Tower, narrowly escaping the same fate as her mother.

Elizabeth was imprisoned in the Bell Tower for two months, on the command of her half-sister Mary I, who believed she was involved in a plot to overthrow her.

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Today in 1536: Anne Boleyn is executed at the Tower of London. Accused of adultery and incest by Henry VIII, who was already courting Jane Seymour, Anne was arrested and beheaded, just three years after their marriage.

Anne was executed on Tower Green. Thomas Cromwell and her ladies in waiting were among those present. Rather than an axe, the young queen was beheaded by an expert French...
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Today in 1536 Anne Boleyn is executed at the Tower of London
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Fleur Howe
Christine Little
Today in 1941: Rudolf Hess – Hitler’s second-in-command – is imprisoned in the Tower of London from 17-21 May.

The Deputy Führer was the last state prisoner held at the Tower. He was captured after parachuting into Scotland supposedly to negotiate peace with the British. Although he only stayed for four days at the Tower, rumours persisted that he was held there for months. Hess was returned...
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Today in 1941 Rudolf Hess Hitlers secondincommand is imprisoned in the Tower
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Rachael Ijomah
Mike Sayell
We’re live at the Constable’s Dues! This ceremony honours the historic toll paid by ships for passing up the river.
Robert Pennifold
Patricia Smethurst
Jacqueline Beard
The historic ceremony of the Constable’s Dues will take place at the Tower of London later on today. This year, Royal Navy ship HMS Richmond will be presenting the Lieutenant of the Tower with a barrel of wine, symbolising the old toll for passing up the river. The ceremony marks a tradition that is centuries old.

Watch the occasion on our Facebook Live stream starting at 12.20pm BST.
The historic ceremony of the Constables Dues will take place at the
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Daniela Heese
On Monday 15 May, the ceremony of the Constable’s Dues will take place at the Tower of London. This historic ceremony dating back to the 14th century will be officiated by Debra Whittingham, who has risen through the ranks from Royal Navy Lieutenant to Deputy Governor of the Tower. She’s shared how she’s feeling before her part in the Constable’s Dues on our blog: bit.ly/MeetDebra

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Melanie Hutchens
Shiona Marle
Since the 14th century, goods ships that came upstream into London had to give a portion of their cargo to the Constable of the Tower of London as a toll – be it cockles, rushes, rum or wine. The ceremony of the Constable’s Dues takes place roughly once a year to honour this centuries-old custom. Read more about the history of this tradition on our blog: bit.ly/ConstablesDues

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Since the 14th century goods ships that came upstream into London had

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Will Eckstein
Claudia Berning
Discover stories of power, politics and sexuality in our #PalacePride tour of the Tower of London later this month. From Edward II's relationships with his male favourites to the influence of Henry VIII and Queen Victoria on the criminalisation of homosexual acts, this after-hours tour explores the history of this iconic fortress through the lens of changing attitutes to gender and sexuality....
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Discover stories of power politics and sexuality in our PalacePride tour of

Pride, Power and Politics: a tour of the Tower's LGBT+ histories | Historic Royal Palaces

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Richard Bevan
James Kaye
The closest anyone has ever come to stealing the Crown Jewels was Colonel Blood’s notorious attempt on 9 May 1671. The crafty colonel befriended the Jewel House keeper Talbot Edwards, before hitting him with a mallet, gagging and binding him. Blood crushed St Edward’s crown and his companion hid the Orb up his trousers. Luckily, they were intercepted and arrested – although Blood was later...
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The closest anyone has ever come to stealing the Crown Jewels was
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Today in 1502: James Tyrrell, the alleged murderer of the Princes in the Tower, is executed. Tyrrell’s role in the murder of Edward IV’s two young sons is greatly disputed. A few years after his execution Thomas More wrote ‘The History of King Richard III’ in which he claimed that Tyrrell confessed to the crime. The princes’ ruthless murder is what gave the Bloody Tower its name; before this...
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Today in 1502 James Tyrrell the alleged murderer of the Princes in
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Today in 1536: Anne Boleyn is arrested and brought to the Tower of London – three years after her marriage to Henry VIII. She was accused of treason and adultery with five men, including her own brother. Anne had failed to produce a son for the King, and by March of 1536, Henry VIII had already begun courting Jane Seymour. Anne was brought to the Tower by barge, most likely through Court Gate...
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Today in 1536 Anne Boleyn is arrested and brought to the Tower
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Today in 1769: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington is born.

Wellington was sent to military school at the age of 17. Though initially more interested in socialising and playing violin than politics or the military, Wellington went on to become one of Britain’s greatest commanders. Wellington was made Constable of the Tower in 1826 – the highest position at the Tower of London – and he...
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Today in 1769: Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington is born
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Welcome to Go Medieval! It’s 1445 at the Tower of London this bank holiday weekend. Queen Margaret of Anjou has just arrived from France, the knights are getting ready for a Tournament, there’ll be medieval cookery, costumes, and cannons firing in celebration!

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Welcome to Go Medieval Its 1445 at the Tower of London this
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David Stuart Thalenberg
Nik Baksi
Our knights are ready, are you? Step back in time and Go Medieval at the Tower this bank holiday weekend. Enjoy medieval cookery, have a go at firing a crossbow, and see sword fighting knights in action at our family festival.

29 April - 1 May, included in your Tower admission ticket. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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Jenny Cook
Onastasia Youssef
This May bank holiday weekend, step back in time and celebrate the arrival of the new Queen Margaret of Anjou in our Go Medieval at the Tower Family Festival!

Betrothed to Henry VI, Margaret's first meeting with the King was incredibly charming. Henry disguised himself as a squire bearing 'a message from the king' and humbly kneeling in her presence. Upon reaching London, Margaret was...
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This May bank holiday weekend step back in time and celebrate the

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Jeanette Meteye
Daniela Elizabeth-Ann Logan
Go Medieval at the Tower this May bank holiday weekend! Witness sword fighting knights in battle, try your hand at medieval cookery and even have a go at firing a crossbow.

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Go Medieval at the Tower this May bank holiday weekend Witness sword
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Today in 1534: Sir Thomas More is confined to the Tower of London

Sir Thomas More was one of Henry VIII’s most trusted civil servants as well as a lawyer, a knight, an esteemed scholar – coining the word ‘Utopia’ for his eponymous book of 1516 – and eventually appointed Lord Chancellor in 1529. However, he was also a loyal Catholic. Not long after taking the post as Chancellor, he argued...
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Today in 1534: Sir Thomas More is confined to the Tower of London
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