The Inner Ward

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The towers of the Inner Ward, far more numerous than those of the outer, occur in the following order, beginning opposite to the Traitor's Gate mentioned above:

The Bloody Tower, so called because the murder of the infant sons of Edward IV (1483) is supposed to have been committed in it;

The Record or Wakefield Tower, with massive walls 13 ft. thick, in which the prisoners taken on the field of Wakefield (1460) were confined, one of the largest and most ancient of the towers of the ramparts, ascribed to the latter half of the eleventh century, injured in the fire of 1841, but restored, and then used as a jewel house, in which the ancient and modern regalia were kept.

The Lanthorn Tower, succeeded by the Salt Tower, a very ancient structure at the south-east angle of the inner ward, formerly used as a prison;

The Broad Arrow Tower, now so shut in by buildings as to be scarcely recognizable, which was connected with the old palace and was used as a prison.

The Jewel or Marlin Tower, with the name of Anne Boleyn, one of the many political prisoners confined in it, inscribed on one of the walls.

The Brick Tower, in which Lady Jane Grey is said to have been imprisoned.

The Bowyer Tower, in which the destructive fire of 1841 originated, said to have been the scene of the drowning of George, Duke of Clarence, in 1494.

The Flint Tower, called the Little Hell, on account of its narrow dungeons.

The Devereux Tower, in which Queen Elizabeth's favourite, the Earl of Essex, awaited his summons to execution on Tower Green.

The Beauchamp Tower, supposed to have been erected between 1199 - 1216, named after Thomas de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, imprisoned in it in 1397, with walls covered with carvings and inscriptions by illustrious captives

The Bell Tower, which once held the alarm bell of the garrison, and was the prison of the Princess Elizabeth when she was called to the throne of England.

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