|An ultramodern tower juxtaposed against the ancient.|
The White Tower is the original structure. Once a stark fortress within the walls and moats, it was renovated numerous times. The area surrounding was also built up, beefed up, and tricked out. It was a royal residence for years until Cromwell had the more palatial aspects of the Tower removed.
|The White Tower got its name from its white-washed walls.|
|These masks once appeared in the many suits of armor.|
|Royal family crest on the gates leading to the tower.|
|Details from one of the many wrought fences.|
|A bicycle leans against an interior wall lined with houses.|
|A Yeoman Warder greets the visitors as they arrive.|
|You'd never suspect that these buildings are inside a fortress.|
|One of the clipped ravens that inhabit the grounds.|
One of the pleasant surprises in the Tower is the inclusion of animators, dressed in period costume, performing the roles of famous visitors and prisoners. They're all local actors with a strong interest in history.
|Sir Thomas Moore's daughter chats with another animator.|
|Oliver Cromwell gazes suspiciously upon the well dressed tourists.|
|The blade atop the halberd carried by one of the animators.|
|A glorious bedroom within one of the numerous towers.|
|A sunlit alcove.|
|A locked wrought iron door within the White tower.|
When I found out that the traditional guards were replaced by visiting guards, I was disappointed. However, as soon as I saw the white uniform with a silk wrapping, I was quite pleased. I saw these fellows outside the royal residence in Kuala Lumpur a few years ago.
|A Malaysian soldier guards the entrance to the crown jewels.|
|Boots from the East shine as brightly as boots from the West.|
|A Yeoman Warder clears the way for the changing of the guards.|
|The guard captain shouts his orders.|
|A young woman gets photographed with a Yeoman Warder.|
|At the end of a shift, a Yeoman Warder takes a well-deserved rest.|