Locked Up in the Tower of London

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Annabel's uncle is a Beefeater, one of the special Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London! He’s always telling her about the famous prisoners the Tower of London has held over the years so she's taking us on a tour to check the place out for ourselves!


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Guy Fawkes: The Tower’s most infamous prisoner!

Guy Fawkes is famous to this day – or should that be infamous – for his attempt to blow up Parliament with gunpowder, on November 5th 1605.

He was a tall striking-looking man, with a big red bushy beard. 

He could speak Spani…

John Balliol and his staff

The Tower of London has imprisoned several monarchs, and one of the first was John Balliol, who became King of Scotland in 1292. 
Whilst the Scottish and English Kings and Queens had lived peacefully side by side, Balliol and his Scottish nobleme…

William Maxwell escapes the Tower!

William Maxwell was part of a group who didn’t think that the English King, George I, nor his descendants, had the right to the English throne. 
They had schemes to restore their chosen monarchs to the throne.
When captured, some of the gr…

Hugh Draper: Magic at the Tower of London

Hugh Draper was a wealthy innkeeper from Bristol.  He was popular with his neighbours and was quite an ordinary person. 
So how did he end up in the Tower of London?
Hugh was interested in sorcery and the occult – these are theories a…

Sir Walter Raleigh and secret marriages

In Locked Up in The Tower, Annabel’s uncle is a Beefeater, one of the special Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London!
He’s always telling her about the famous prisoners the Tower of London has held over the years so she&rsquo…

Alice Wolf and The Pirate’s Gallows

One of the people who spent some time in the Tower of London was Alice Wolf, a common thief who murdered two merchants – Jerome de George and Chales Benche with her husband John Wolf on 16th January 1533. 
Alice had enticed the men onto a b…

Ranulf Flambard: Imprisoned in his own Tower

One of the people that was really important to the Tower of London was Ranulf Flambard, a Bishop from Normandy who was a trusted advisor to William 1 and King William Rufus. He lived from 1060 to 1128.
He helped create the Doomsday book and took …

Anne Boleyn and how a Queen became a prisoner

One of the most famous prisoners of the Tower of London was Anne Boleyn – a Queen!
Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn, his second wife, in January 1533. In advance of Anne’s coronation, they stayed at the Tower of London where the royal apartm…

Rudolf Hess and the Tower of London in World War II

Rudolf Hess was the “Deputy Fuhrer”, second in command to Hitler.
He claimed to live a simple life, although he was plagued with health problems – some of which never really existed; it’s thought he had health anxiety.
There a…