Oh, I have loved this one since I was little and the history behind it still fascinates me.
Originally built as a new water gate for King Edward I in 1275 as an entrance to the Tower of London which was at the time seen as a retreat for the royals. Later on, the Tower of London became increasingly used more so as a prison for those accused of treason.
For those accused the journey into the Tower of London was through Traitors Gate.
On May 2nd, 1536 Anne Boleyn was arrested at Greenwich on charges of adultery, incest and treason.
The Queen of England was then taken to the Tower of London through Traitors Gate as was her daughter Princess Elizabeth in 1554 although she was released 8 weeks later.
I love history, especially London history and I still find it fascinating learning new facts about London even the gruesome facts!
I sometimes get so caught up in the new additions to the London skyline when walking along the river Thames that I forget the hundreds of years of history, a lot of which can still be seen is still there and they have a fascinating story to tell and definitely worth a visit in my opinion!
Lambeth Palace some times gets overlooked, I think because of its location is Lambeth Palace.
However, it has been situated there for nearly 800 years and was once the location of where the 'Lambeth dole' was handed out beggars at the gate until 1842.
The Palace was attacked by rebels in the 1384 poll tax revolt led by Wat Taylor.
It is quite a fascinating read!
London is changing so fast with all the new builds and renovations going on. I have photographs from the 1980's that show London when I was young and some parts are almost unrecognisable. Whenever you are out in London make sure take photos, loads of photos ....you'll be glad you did! :)
Cross Bones Graveyard.
It wasn't until recently that I heard about Cross Bones Graveyard but as soon as I did the name alone had me intrigued.
After a few Google searches, I was stunned to find not only was it close to Borough High Street but also by the story behind the graveyard.
Getting here is easy especially if you are already walking along the river Thames.
Located in Redcross Way, SE1.
Cross Bones Graveyard started out as a unconsecrated memorial to London prostitutes who were once known as "Winchester Geese" licensed by the Bishop of Winchester which explains the name!
Throughout the years the graveyard also became the final resting place for other members of society who were denied a Christian burial such as those who were deemed felonious or destitute.
The museum of London carried out an excavation in 1992 and out of all the bodies that were excavated it is recorded that 66.2% were aged five years or younger.
Located at Greenwich Peninsular.
The once gruesome hanging place of convicted pirates.
Although the story is that pirated were executed at execution dock which was further up the river Thames at Wapping and then their bodies were brought back down to Blackwall Point and placed in cages and left to rot high up above the Thames as a warning to ships that were coming through London.
Although thankfully the cages no longer mark the spot a sculpture by Richard Wilson does.
You get an eerie feeling if you let your mind wander and imagine how gruesomely different the view might have been back then!
Here are some that you may not have heard about.