Tower of London: Facts & History
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It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets , separated from the eastern edge of the square mile of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. It was founded towards the end of as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower , which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite. The castle was used as a prison from Ranulf Flambard until Kray twins ,  although that was not its primary purpose. A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence. As a whole, the Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat.
The Tower of London is a year-old castle and fortress in central London that is notable for housing the crown jewels and for holding many famous and infamous prisoners. Throughout its history, the tower has served many purposes: it housed the royal mint until the early 19th century , a menagerie which left in , a records office, an armory and barracks for troops. Until the 17th century, it was also used as a royal residence. William the Conqueror created the first fortifications after the conquest of London in A. The Norman invader lacked support among the people of the city and he feared its inhabitants could throw him out. Today, the complex's series of buildings and fortifications sprawls over 12 acres 5 hectares. Throughout its history the tower was used to imprison a wide range of prisoners, from deposed monarchs to more common criminals.
The Tower of London located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London is a top 10 London tourist attraction. The Tower itself is the tall central fortified keep which is known as the White Tower. At 90 feet tall it was considered a skyscraper when it was built. Londoners were in awe of this oppressive tower rising above them — which is just what William the Conqueror intended when he built it. Aerial shot of Tower bridge and Tower of London.
Tower of London