Construction started on the Tower of London in 1078 and was completed during the reign of Edward I almost 200 years later. It was once the tallest building in London, designed to dominate the population and provide security for the Norman invaders. This was provided by the 90 feet high and 15 feet thick walls of the White Tower.
Today visitors are welcomed with open arms, including potential Norman invaders. The Tower is strictly for the tourists with Londoners taking the building for granted having only visited on school trips or when Grandparents took them to see the Crown Jewels.
The 18 acre site has had a new lease of life with concerts being held in the surrounding moat. It also has the obligatory ice rink at this time of year. Not sure that William I would have been that impressed.
'Surrounding modern buildings show no respect for theTower of London' -Simon Jenkins, Guardian, Friday 20 January 2012