The Tower of London
Image and text scanned by Nathalie Chevalier.
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This ancient Fortress and gloomy state prison, is historically the most interesting spot in England, and is an irregular mass of buildings erected at various periods, surrounded by a battlement wall and a deep moat, which was drained in 1843. It stands on the bank of the Thames to the east of the City and outside the bounds of the ancient City walls. The present external appearance of the Tower is very unlike what it originally was, perhaps no fortress of the same age having undergone greater transformation. Though at first a royal palace and stronghold, the Tower is best known in history as a prison. The square white Tower rises conspicuously in the centre. A broad quay, with a gun park, lies between the moat and the Thames [text accompanying photograph].
The volume containing these images by an unidentified photographer bears the imprint "With H. and C. F. Feist's compliments" but no name, date, or place of publication, though the Feists were dealers in port wine, and Plate 30 demonstrates that the photograph must have been taken after 1902, and John R. Mendel offers evidence that it dates before mid-1906 [GPL].
Last modified 19 April 2013