Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Tower of London : Site of the scaffold, with the Chapel of St. Peter

Tower of London : Site of the scaffold, with the
Chapel of St. Peter -  photograph

TOWER OF LONDON: SITE OF THE SCAFFOLD, WITH THE CHAPEL OF ST. PETER.

     Our picture shows a portion of Tower Green, with the chapel of St. Petrus ad Vincula, at the north-west corner of the famous fortress. In the centre of the Green, which is well planted with trees, is a small, square place, marked off and railed in by the express command of Queen Victoria. The flat stone shows the site of the block on which six persons were beheaded in the years 1536 to 1601 -  Henry VIII's Queens, Anne Boleyn and Katherine. Howard, the Countess of Salisbury, Lady Jane Grey, the Viscountess Rochfort, sister-in-law of Anne Bolevn and arraigned with Katherine Howard, and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex. All these were buried in St. Peter's Chapel, with many others who were executed in public on Tower Hill. Of the little cemetery adjoining, Macaulay wrote that there was no sadder spot on earth.