Reminiscing in the Parlor : Leisurely Viewing Stereographs
Title:
Flint Tower at the Tower of London, England
Date:
1877
Photographer:
Good, Frank Mason, 1839-1928
Place:
England/London
Print Size:
6.75 x 3.25
Description:
One stereograph of the Flint Tower at the Tower of London, England. The photograph shows several large towers with an outer wall surrounding the inner structures. The back has an applied paper with the name and title of the photograph and the photographer's name, Frank M. Good, plus the initials "M.F.H." and the year "'77." This stereograph is part of a number of cards dated this year, from England, Germany, Italy and France.
Notes:
Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress The Tower of London, more commonly known as the Tower of London, is a historic monument in central London on the north bank of the River Thames. It is located within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is separated from the eastern edge of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill.

The Tower of London is often identified with the White Tower, the original stark, square fortress built by William the Conqueror in 1078. However, the Tower as a whole is a complex of several buildings set within two parallel rings of defensive walls and a moat.

The Tower's primary function was a fortress, a royal palace and a prison (particularly for high status and royal prisoners, such as the Princes in the Tower and the future Queen Elizabeth I). This last use has led to the phrase "sent to the Tower" (meaning "imprisoned"). It has also served as a place of execution and torture, an armoury, a treasury, a zoo, a mint, a public records office, an observatory, and since 1303, the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.

Flint Tower
The Flint Tower
The History of the Tower of London is great, bloody and cruel and the Flint Tower has its part to play in its story. Flint Tower is just one of the 21 towers which, together, form the Tower of London castle complex. The Tower of London covers an area of 18 acres and its magnificent architecture covers almost all the styles which have flourished in England. Although the Tower is no longer a place of great military strength it has in time past been a fortress, a palace, and a prison. This section provides key facts and information about the Flint Tower.

The purpose of the Flint Tower changed according to the requirements of the era. In general terms the towers were built for accommodation, including prisons, and as gateways protecting the Tower of London concentric castle complex. The concentric castle design ensured protection of the Tower of London with successive lines of fortification - many of the different towers were gradually added, over many hundreds of years, providing additional protection.

The Flint Tower was built by King Henry III. The date the Flint Tower was built was between 1238 - 1272. The Chief Architect and Master Builder of the Flint Tower was Henry de Reyns together with John of Gloucester and Robert of Beverley. The Architecture / Style of the Medieval Flint Tower is described as Norman (Romanesque). The origins of the name of the tower are uncertain but it is believed that it was named after The flint stone which was used to build part of the tower.


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