The Bowyer Tower

The Bowyer Tower

A thin vertical aperture in a fortification through which an archer can launch arrows

According to legend, George Duke of Clarence, brother of King Edward IV, was imprisoned here. This chamber contains a display about his mysterious execution.

This tower is part of Henry III’s curtain wall around the fortress. It was built in 1238-41 and this ground floor room is the only original part. The rest was rebuilt in the 19th century.

There were originally three arrow loops through which archers could shoot at attackers. Only one survives. Afterwards, the room was used for weapons' storage and domestic purposes. Here you can see two stone cupboards and, next to them, the entrance to a stair turret with a garderobe (toilet) underneath.

Beneath its floor lie the remains of the Roman city wall of about 200 AD. It was destroyed when Henry III expanded the fortress ten centuries later.

Prisoners at this tower

Found guilty of treason, George Duke of Clarence, brother of King Edward IV, was imprisoned here in 1477.

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