Tower of London with ravens circling above
The Tower of London viewed over the River Thames from South Bank, London, England.The ravens of the Tower of London are a group of captive Common Ravens which live in the Tower of London. The group of ravens at the Tower comprises at least seven individuals (six required, with a seventh in reserve). The presence of the ravens is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the Tower; a superstition holds that 'If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.'Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the square mile of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite.
London and the Thames, 18th century
London and the Thames, 18th century. This view looks westwards through London, over sailing ships on the River Thames. Prominent landmarks include St Paul's Cathedral (centre), Westminster Abbey (upper left), the Monument to the Great Fire of London (centre right) and the Tower of London (lower right). This artwork was produced circa 1760 by the printing company Bowles and Carver. An earlier artwork of 1751 by Thomas Bowles shows houses on Old London Bridge (foreground), not present in this artwork. These houses were removed in the period 17581762. The other two bridges, since replaced by modern bridges, are: Putney Bridge (opened 1729) and Westminster Bridge (opened 1740).
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The Tower of London, engraved by Miller published 1831 (illustration)
This image conveys a sense of the bustle of commercial and passenger traffic on the Thames. A noteworthy detail is the presence of two steam packets, identifiable as the Talbot and the Lord Melville, both cross-channel ferries.
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