A building history

A building history

The Tower of London from the Thames

In the early 1080s, William the Conqueror began to build the Tower of London. Successive monarchs added to the fortress over the following centuries.

Discover the history of the construction of the Tower and its role as fortress, palace and prison.

A history of the Tower's development...

  1. William I and the Tower's Norman beginnings
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  2. A refuge and a base for royal power
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  3. The Tower of London as royal prison
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  4. The Tower and the Royal Ordnance
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  5. From fortress to ancient monument
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  6. The Tower in the 20th and 21st centuries
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  7. A Tower bibliography
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