Tower of London (11): Salt Tower

Posted: April 29, 2016 in History, London, Medieval History, UK
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The Salt Tower was built around 1230 as part of Henry III’s curtain wall. It has an upper chamber which has been used as accommodation for prisoners. Most famous of these was John Balliol, King of Scots from 1296-1299. It has a display of prisoner graffitti.

The E is thought to refer to the future Elizabeth the First. The signature is of John Baptiste Catiglione, Elizabeth's Italian tutor who was imprisoned here by Queen Mary.

The E is thought to refer to the future Elizabeth the First. The signature is of John Baptiste Catiglione, Elizabeth’s Italian tutor who was imprisoned here by Queen Mary.

 

This globe is by Huw Draper, Bristol inn-keeper and Astrologer who was imprisoned on charges of socery

This globe is by Huw Draper, Bristol inn-keeper and Astrologer who was imprisoned on charges of sorcery.

 

John Lyon ws  imprisoned  in the Salt Tower on charges of importing a Catholic book into the country

John Lyon ws imprisoned in the Salt Tower on charges of importing a Catholic book into the country

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