Tower Hill

Tower Hill is a complex city or garden square northwest of the Tower of London, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets just outside the City of London boundary yet inside what remains of the London Wall a large fragment of which survives toward its east.[1]

Tower Hill

10 Trinity Square, Tower Hill
Tower Hill
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ333806
 Charing Cross2 mi (3.2 km) W
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtEC3
Dialling code020
PoliceMetropolitan
FireLondon
AmbulanceLondon
EU ParliamentLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly

It was an extra-parochial area with moniker Great Tower Hill.[1] According to Tower Hamlets Borough Council, it is for official purposes a part of St Katharine Docks.[2] For centuries the hill hosted public executions, particularly of attainted peers and today it is notable for being the site of the Tower Hill Memorial in its Trinity Square Gardens which are adjoined by its two smaller public gardens, Wakefield and Tower Gardens. The latter are lined by a web of pavements which cut short Trinity Square, rendering it a curved park-lined street.

Location

The set of gardens and buildings surrounding are served by Tower Gateway DLR and Tower Hill tube stations. The street Tower Hill forms an edge of the congestion charging zone between Byward Street in the west and a junction with Minories and Tower Hill Terrace in the east.

History

Settlement

In one of the oldest parts of London, archaeological evidence shows that there was a settlement on the hill in the Bronze Age and much later a Roman village that was burnt down during the Boudica uprising. A nearby church, All Hallows-by-the-Tower, is known for fragments of Romanesque architecture dating back to AD 680; the church itself dates from 675.

Local government

Great Tower Hill was an extra-parochial area within the Tower Liberty, under the direct administrative control of the Tower of London and outside the jurisdiction of the City of London and the county of Middlesex. In 1855 the area became part of the district of the Metropolitan Board of Works.

The "District of Tower" became part of the Whitechapel District, under the authority of the Whitechapel District Board of Works. This was ambiguous and The Great Tower Hill Act 1869 was required to explicitly interpret it as Old Tower Without, including within it Great Tower Hill.[3] The Tower Liberty was abolished in 1894 and incorporated into the County of London.

Executions

Public executions of high-profile traitors and criminals were often carried out on Tower Hill, including:

References

  1. Wheatley, Henry Benjamin; Cunningham, Peter (1891). "Tower Hill". London Past and Present. vol. 3. London: John Murray. pp. 400–402.
  2. https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/Documents/Planning-and-building-control/Strategic-Planning/Local-Plan/Evidence-base/Evidence-base,-core-strategy,-Sep-2009/Urban-Structure-and-Characterisation-Study-pages-64-75.pdf
  3. The Statutes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Great Britain, His Majesty's Statute and Law Printers, (1869)
  4. Sign at site of the scaffold (2)
  5. Sign at site of the scaffold (3)
  6. Sign at site of the scaffold (4)
  7. "Walter Hungerford and the 'Buggery Act' | English Heritage". www.english-heritage.org.uk. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  8. Sign at site of the scaffold (5)
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