Tower of London (5): The Bell Tower

Once through the entrance towers, you find yourself within a passageway between two sets of walls.


Immediately as you enter you pass the Bell Tower at the corner of the inner set of walls. Built during the 12th century, on the orders of Richard I, to add to the defenses of the inner bailey it is the second oldest part of the tower.


The name comes from the turret atop the tower which contains the ‘curfew bell’. Originally it was used to summon back prisoners given liberty to leave the tower during the day. In more recent times it is used to tell visitors that it is time to leave as the Tower is closing.


Residents of the bell Tower have included Sir Thomas More and Bishop John Fisher (both of whom went from here to be executed) and the Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth I),

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