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Tower Bridge (built 1886–1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London which crosses the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name, and has become an iconic symbol of London.
The bridge consists of two bridge towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Mar 7th 2015

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1: a large body of matter with no definite shape.
“the sun broke out from behind a mass of clouds”
pile, heap, stack, clump, cloud, bunch, bundle, lump
2: a large number of people or objects crowded together.
“a mass of cyclists”
large number, abundance, profusion, multitude, group, crowd, mob,rabble, horde,
barrage, throng, huddle, host, troop, army, herd, flock,drove, swarm, pack, press,
crush, mountain, flood
“a mass of cyclists”
1: involving or affecting large numbers of people or things.
“the film has mass appeal”
wholesale, universal, widespread, general, large-scale, extensive, pandemic
“mass hysteria”
1: assemble [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Mar 6th 2015

From The Royal Armouries website:

A tradition of displaying British military strength by creating trophies from masses of weapons has long existed at the Tower. From about 1700 visitors to the Grand Storehouse were stopped in their tracks by John Harris’s stunning displays and models, including a serpent and a seven-headed hydra, which he created from [...]

14 Comments CherryPie on Mar 5th 2015

…and Cast Iron Carriage

This gun, which weighs 5 ¾ tons, was probably made in the Low Countries in 1607, commissioned by the Knights of Malta. It is richly decorated with a variety of images representing the Order’s religious and humanitarian role. It was brought to England around 1800 and lay at the Royal Arsenal in [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Mar 4th 2015

…John Gerard, Catholic Priest, 1597

John Gerard (1564–1637) was an English Jesuit priest, operating covertly in England during the Elizabethan period in which the Catholic Church was subject to persecution.

John is noted not only for successfully hiding from the English authorities for eight years before his capture, but for enduring extensive torture, escaping from the Tower of London and, [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Mar 3rd 2015

I have returned safely from The Tower! This years London trip ran a lot more smoothly that last years trip to London. On arrival we headed straight to the Tower of London. On the advice of the Tower of London website we avoiding using Tower Hill tube station, this meant we had a 10 minute [...]

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