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Tower of London, February 2021

This Water Gate was built by King Edward I between 1275 and 1279 to provide easy access for him and his family into the Tower of London, at a time when it served principally as a Royal Palace.

Over time, its use as a gaol grew and by the sixteenth century it was known as a grim and scary prison. Prisoners were often brought to the Tower by river, passing beneath London Bridge with its display of heads of recently executed prisoners and into the Tower through what now became known as Traitors’ Gate.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 1 March 2021

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