Why this project?
The Bloody Tower was first built during the reign of Henry III as a watergate for the Tower, opening directly onto the Thames. In the reign of Edward I the river was pushed back and the gate became a land gate.
The name Bloody Tower first appears in documents in the 16th century. The name commemorated a tradition that it was in the tower that the two ‘Princes in the Tower’ were murdered in 1483.
Other famous prisoners of the Bloody Tower include Archbishop Cranmer and Sir Walter Raleigh (for whom the present top floor was added in 1605-6).
Scheduled project works
Timings: began in Summer 2007
- minor modifications to the roof structure
- replacement of lead roof covering
- stone conservation and repair at parapet level
- adaptations to the lighting gantry and safety works
Learn about conservation
- What is building conservation?
- Conservation at the palaces
- The historic royal palaces: building histories
Ask the conservators
Look for our conservators around the palaces wearing ‘Ask the Conservators’ badges. They’ll be happy to tell you about what they’re doing to conserve the palaces’ collections and to answer your questions.
Palace upkeep is expensive work and as an independent charity we receive no funding from the Government or the Crown. We depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, volunteers and sponsors.