Wednesday Wander – Graffiti in the Beauchamp Tower

Wednesday Wander is back! I had a little bit of a break due to work and health turmoil, but it’s a new year, all is well, and it’s time to wander again. This week I’m taking a closer look at a part of the Tower Of London. I’ve written about the Tower before, and looked at some of the many doors, but it is a place so rich in history and significant buildings that I could probably write another half dozen posts and not cover it.

This week I’m wandering into the Beauchamp Tower. It looks and sounds rather a romantic place, but its history, as with many of the Tower buildings, is a sad one. From the 1300s it was used to hold high-ranking prisoners, including the Earl of Warwick (after whom the tower is named), the Dudley brothers, and Lady Jane Grey. Many of the prisoners, being wealthy and well-educated, left their mark upon the walls – this graffiti has been preserved and is now a popular attraction at the Tower.

The Beauchamp Tower overlooks the green where high-ranking prisoners, including Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, were executed. Lady Jane Grey watched from this window as her husband, Guildford Dudley, was beheaded, then was taken out and executed herself a short while later. The four Dudley brothers are commemorated within the tower in a piece of ornate carved graffiti, with roses for Ambrose, carnations for Guildford, oak leaves for Robert and honeysuckle for Henry.

Not all prisoners held in the tower were executed, but they must have seen their fair share of horrors through the leaded glass windows, and wondered whether they might be next. Despite the sunshine and the views, it was a cold place, not somewhere you would want to spend a lengthy amount of time. There are said to be ghosts in the Tower of London, and I wouldn’t be surprised if several of them were in the Beauchamp tower…

Thank you for coming on another Wednesday Wander with me – see you next time!


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Thursday Doors – The Bishop’s Door, St Albans Cathedral

IMG_3166A little while ago I posted about a set of doors at St Albans Cathedral, which someone commented ‘were probably the oldest’ set of doors to appear in the Thursday Doors Challenge. Now, I know I have an advantage, as I live in a country where buildings can be a thousand years old. However, this week, I have an even older door.

Also in St Albans Cathedral, the Bishop’s Door is thought to have been made around 1396, and the Great West Doors I featured previously, made around 1420-40, were based on the design of this earlier door. On the top right-hand side of the doorframe is the crest of St Albans, and on the other side the crest of Richard II, king at the time the doors were made. The timber has been well maintained over the years, so is in better condition than the Great West Doors, and the quality of the carving is just beautiful.

IMG_3167And here is some more carving – two hundred year old graffiti, scratched into the wall at the left of the door, just above the stone plinth. There are even older examples to be found in the cathedral, some dating back to medieval times, proof that people always like to leave their mark.

IMG_3169This is my entry for Norm 2.0’s weekly Thursday Doors Challenge – for more doors, or to add one of your own, visit Norm’s site and click the link 🙂

 

Thursday Doors – Camden, London

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Here’s my entry to Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors challenge for this week. There are actually three doors in this photo (plus bonus London double decker bus). The black door is obvious, but there are doors in the two end ‘faces’ as well.

I took this photo in Camden last week, on the way to a gig at The Black Heart. It was dusk, which is why the image is not so bright, but I thought the street art so interesting I had to take a shot.

For more doors, or to add one of your own, visit Norm’s site and click the link.

 

Thursday Doors – Graffiti in Barcelona

I can’t believe it’s Thursday again already! Those time-management elves seem to be speeding the clocks up even more as the year moves on, or maybe it’s just me. 😉

I’ve missed a couple of Thursday Doors posts in recent weeks – not because I’ve run out of doors, but rather, a bout of flu and a trip down the editing rabbithole have meant that my blog posting has been a little less regular than usual.

Anyway, here we are, it’s Thursday and I have a door.

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Actually, I have a couple of doors.

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Both of these photos were taken in Barcelona, and the two doors are almost opposite each other in a central part of town. I think what struck me was the juxtaposition of the stickers and graffiti against the old doors and stonework, plus the fact that the graffiti is confined solely to the doors themselves, rather than spreading onto the surrounding walls.

And if you’d like to see some more doors, or maybe add one of your own, head on over to Norm 2.0’s blog and click the link. It’s nice to be back!