Up and Down the Thames; From London Bridge to Hampton Court, and from London Bridge to the Sea

Up and Down the Thames; From London Bridge to Hampton Court, and from London Bridge to the Sea

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...up a permanent building. The White Tower is Gundulfs work, and remains much as he left it eight hundred years ago. It is by far the oldest building now standing in London, and measures 107 feet north and south, 118 feet east and west, and 90 feet in height. The walls are from 12 to 15 feet thick, and the tower consists of three storeys, in addition to the dungeons formerly used as a prison. The largest room is the Chapel of St. John, 55 feet long and 31 feet wide, with side aisles, and a gallery above them. After being used for many years for storing some of the public records, the Chapel has been restored, and devoted to its original purpose. There is another Church, St. Peter ad Vincula, within the Tower precincts, and in it many of the prisoners executed on Tower Hill have been buried. The Tower has been a palace as well as a fortress and a prison. Left. For many centuries the sovereign always lodged here immediately before the coronation, and went in procession hence through the city to Westminster. The river approach to the Tower is by Tra1tor's Gate, through which many prisoners brought by water entered to their doom. It was here that Margaret Roper broke through the bystanders and the guard to throw herself on the neck of her beloved father, Sir Thomas More, when he was brought in custody from Westminster. Here Anne Boleyn landed from Greenwich, and her daughter Elizabeth, eighteen years later, on Palm Sunday, 1554. Here came the seven bishops from Whitehall, in June, 1688, to whom the sentinels on duty reverently knelt as the prisoners passed into the inner ward. In the room over Traitor's Gate Lord Grey of Wilton died in 1614, after eleven years' imprisonment on a charge of wishing to marry Arabella Stuart. Behind Traitor's Gate...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236832973
  • 9781236832979