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 : Interior of St. Peter's Chapel

Tower of London : Interior of St. Peter's Chapel - photograph


The interior of the chapel of St. Peter-ad-Vincula is not shown to the public. The building was erected by Edward I. on the site of a still earlier church (the demolition of which cost forty-six shillings and eightpence!), was rebuilt by Edward III., somewhat altered by Henry VIII., and thoroughly restored in 1877. It stands at the northwest corner of the Tower, and within it lie buried Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, Lady Jane Grey, and others who were beheaded on Tower Green (see page 213), as well as Sir Thomas More, the Protector Somerset, and those who were executed on Tower Hill or were privily put to death The restoration has destroyed much of the interest of this old church, but the monument are unspoiled.