Few Facts About the Tower of London Everybody Should Know

Author: Kim Jacobs | Last modified on: April 29th, 2021

London is the capital of England and perhaps the most visited city in the world. The main reason behind London’s popularity is its abundance of world famous landmarks and one of these landmarks is Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress more commonly known as the Tower of London.

Tower of LondonAccording to the latest statistics the Tower of London is the most visited historic monument in the United Kingdom with over two million visitors per year. The castle is situated on the north bank of the famous Thames River in the central parts of the city on an open space known as Tower Hill. The castle was founded during the second half of the 11th century, while the White Tower (the tower after which the castle is named) of the castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1078.

The castle is a complex of numerous building set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat. During the 12th and 13th century the castle was expended several times by King Richard the Lionheart, King Henry III and King Edward I. For years the Tower of London has been the official residence of the British Royal Family.

From the 12th century to the mind 20th century the Tower of London was used as a prison. The first inmate of the prison was Ranulf Flambard while the last inmates were the Kray Twins. During that time the castle was often used as an execution site for criminals that were served death sentences. The last person to be executed at the Tower of London was Josef Jakobs, a German spy. Jakobs was shot by a firing squad on the 15th of August, 1941.

The Tower of London is also the site where the Crown Jewels are held. Most historians believe that the tradition of housing the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London began during the reign of King Henry III. The Jewel House is the building in which the jewels are held. The edifice was specially built to house the Crown Jewels the most noted of which are the crown, the scepter and the sword. This tradition was started so that the British monarch can have financial independence of the British aristocracy.

As we mentioned above the Tower of London is located in the central parts of the city in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets is an inner-city borough with an estimate population of 250,000 people. Aside of being the location of the Tower of London, the borough is also the location of some of London’s finest residential and commercial areas. So if you are a looking to move to the English capital or you are about to relocate your business to London, you should most certainly consider Tower Hamlets as a potential destination. Know that you won’t have any problems moving to the borough as there are numerous man and van companies that provide excellent moving services. However don’t book the first company that you find. Instead scout several removal firms and book the man and van services of the company that provides the finest services at the most reasonable prices.

Once your relocation is over, don’t wait long to visit one of London’s and the world’s most renowned landmarks.

About the Author:

Kim Jacobs is a removals coordinator with over 11 years of experience as part of the Get man and van team and other firms in the home and office relocation industry in London. Before joining our company, Kim has worked in various logistical and transportation companies and institutions such as Transport for London, The Removals Ombudsman, and has coordinated moving projects with some of the biggest suppliers of various goods such as IKEA, HomeBase, Amazon, Sainsbury's and others. While working as a chief removals coordinator, Kim also enjoys sharing her expertise with others through writing in our blog.

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