SMHS Meeting - The Tower of London

17 Apr 2013

Traitor's Gate, the Ravens, Beefeaters, the Princes in the Tower, the Crown Jewels; the Tower of London drips notoriety and intrigue, it is, in Nigel Jones' opinion, the most iconic building in English history.

Nigel, a Lewes resident and author of ‘Tower: The Epic History of the Tower of London' joined us in April to speak about the Towers military history and its various roles over almost a thousand years.

Constructed by the Normans as a military fortress its incarnations include Royal Palace, Royal Mint, Records Office, observatory, prison, burial ground, zoo, armoury, and so much more. The Tower has been besieged several times, withstood the Blitz and today is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the UK.

We also held our AGM in April. Welcomed one new member and voted a rather more longstanding one, Ron Martin, with Honorary Membership. Next month we look forward to both David Dimer's presentation on Ford Airfield and our annual Study Day at Newhaven Fort.

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7.30pm for 8.00pm start
Function Room of the
Royal Oak Public House,
Station Street, Lewes,
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