My Life at the Tower of London - Living with thousands of visitors in your front yard every day

 
 
 
On This Day in July
 
A selection of events either directly or indirectly connected with the Tower which have happened during the month of July
 
The defeat of the Armada - Elizabeth I
The defeat of the Armada - Elizabeth I
31st July 1588 - English fleet beats Spanish Armada
http://library.thinkquest.org/20176/armada.htm
Earl of Shaftsbury - Stuart times
2nd July 1681 - Earl of Shaftesbury arrested for high-treason
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/STUshafesburyE.htm
Earl of Shaftsbury - Stuart times
Thomas Cranmer - Tudor times
Thomas Cranmer - Tudor times
2nd July 1489 - Thomas Cranmer, is born
http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/thomas-cranmer.html
King Henry II
6th July 1189 -King Henry II, (1154-89), dies at 56
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/henry_ii_king.shtml
King Henry II
King Edward VI - Tudor times
King Edward VI - Tudor times
6th July 1553 - Edward VI Tudor, King of England (1547-53), dies at 15 http://www.luminarium.org/encyclopedia/kingedward.htm
Lady Jane Grey , Queen Jane
10th July 1553 - Lady Jane Grey becomes queen of England
http://www.royal.gov.uk/historyofthemonarchy/kingsandqueensofengland/thetudors/jane.aspx
Lady Jane Grey , Queen Jane
Anne Of Cleves- King Henry VIII
Anne Of Cleves- King Henry VIII
9th July 1540 - English King Henry VIII annuls his 6 month marriage to his 4th wife Anne of Cleves, on the grounds of non-consummation and her pre-contract to Francis of Lorraine
http://tudorhistory.org/cleves/
Anne Askew - Tudor times
16th July 1546 - Anne Askew, English Protestant was burned at the Stake for Heresy
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/TUDaskew.htm
Anne Askew - Tudor times
Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey)
Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey)
19th 1553 - 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey deposed as England's Queen after 9 days
http://www.luminarium.org/encyclopedia/ladyjanegrey.htm
John Ball and the Peasants Revolt
15th July 1381 - John Ball, a leader in the Peasants' Revolt, is hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England
http://www.shsu.edu/~eng_wpf/history/johnball.html
John Ball and the Peasants Revolt
Queen Anne (Anne of Cleves) Henry VIII
Queen Anne (Anne of Cleves) Henry VIII
16th July 1557 - Anne of Cleeves, Henry VIII's fourth wife, dies at 41
http://www.luminarium.org/encyclopedia/anneofcleves.htm
The Flag Ship Mary Rose - Henry VIII
19th July 1545 - King Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose sinks at Portsmouth; 73 die
http://www.maryrose.org/
The Flag Ship Mary Rose - Henry VIII
Lady Mary Boleyn - Henry VIII
Lady Mary Boleyn - Henry VIII
19th July 1543 - Lady Mary Boleyn, the first of the Boleyn girls to become the mistress of King Henry VIII of England, dies
http://englishhistory.net/tudor/citizens/boleyn.html
King James VI of Scotland and 1st of England
25th July 1603 - James VI of Scotland is crowned the first king of Great Britain
http://www.britroyals.com/scots.asp?id=james1
King James VI of Scotland and 1st of England
Queen Katherine Howard - Henry VIII
Queen Katherine Howard - Henry VIII
28th July 1540 - English King Henry VIII marries Katharine Howard, his 5th wife http://tudorhistory.org/howard/
On this day in 2006
25th July 2006 - It was on this day seven years ago that I had some friends from the American Embassy come for a visit at the Tower of London in the evening. We had a great evening, walked around the Tower without the hordes of visitors that are normally there during the day, had a few drinks in the Yeoman Warders Club, took in the Ceremony of the Keys, and then went up on the South Wall Walk to take in the sights of Tower Bridge and the Thames at night. I was asked to take some photos with Tower Bridge at night as the backdrop. I dutifully did, and each photo I took, James, (one of my guests) had what looked like an orange flame shooting out of his head. At first we all thought that it must be the lights reflecting, but when I focused the camera there were no lights behind him. I took ten photos and in each only James had the orange flame coming out of his head. The South Wall Walk is between two Towers, the Lanthorn Tower and the Salt Tower - the Salt Tower being where many unexplained events have happened. Weird or what!
On this day in 2006