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Tower of London Timeline

Tower of London Timeline



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  • c. 1078 - c. 1100

    The White Tower of the Tower of London is built, a project begun by William the Conqueror.

  • 1097

    William Rufus converts the palisade circuit wall into stonework at the Tower of London.

  • 1190 - 1200

    The Bell Tower is added to the southwest corner of the circuit wall of the Tower of London.

  • 1240

    The stained glass windows are added to the Chapel of St. John in the Tower of London.

  • 1240

    The White Tower of the Tower of London is given a coat of white lime, hence its name.

  • 1296 - 1299

    John Balliol, King of Scotland, is imprisoned in the Tower of London by Edward I of England.

  • Aug 1324

    Roger Mortimer, rival to Edward II of England, escapes from the Tower of London using a rope ladder.

  • Sep 1399

    Richard II of England is imprisoned in the Tower of London by Henry Bolingbroke.

  • 1455

    Richard, Duke of York imprisons his rival the Earl of Somerset in the Tower of London.

  • Jul 1465

    The fugitive ex-king Henry VI of England is captured in Lancashire and imprisoned in the Tower of London.

  • 21 May 1471

    Henry VI of England is murdered in the Tower of London.

  • 18 Feb 1478

    George, Duke of Clarence, the brother of Edward IV of England, is murdered in the Tower of London.n

  • 1483

    Richard III of England imprisons and then likely murders the two young sons of the late Edward IV, the 'Princes in the Tower'.

  • 1506

    A garden is added to the Tower of London.

  • 1534 - 1535

    Sir Thomas More is imprisoned in the Tower of London prior to his execution.

  • 2 May 1536

    Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII of England, is confined to the Tower of London.

  • 19 May 1536

    Anne Boleyn, Queen of England and second wife of Henry VIII of England is executed at the Tower of London.

  • Feb 1542

    Catherine Howard is accused of adultery and executed in the Tower of London.

  • 12 Feb 1554

  • 17 Mar 1554

    Mary I of England detains her half-sister Princess Elizabeth (future Elizabeth I of England) in the Tower of London on suspicion of treason.

  • Aug 1592 - Sep 1592

    Sir Walter Raleigh is imprisoned in the Tower of London for marrying in secret a lady-in-waiting of Elizabeth I of England.

  • 1603 - 1616

    Sir Walter Raleigh is imprisoned in the Tower of London on charges of treason against James I of England.

  • 29 Oct 1618


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