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The Tower of London
The Tower of London seen from across the River Thames. 2006
Creative Commons AttributionThe Tower of London seen from across the River Thames. 2006 - Credit: pikous

Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, is one of the capital's most famous historic buildings and a World Heritage Site. It is also one of the country's oldest buildings, dating back to the Norman Conquest. Used as a prison since the 12th century, it was, until the Tudor era, first and foremost a royal residence.

The Tower is an important prison in Elizabeth, not just for the princess herself during the reign of Mary I, when she was implicated in the conspiracy of the Wyatt Rebellion, but also for other prominent personnel of the era. Elizabeth's mother, Anne Boleyn, imprisoned there until her execution in 1536, is popularly said to haunt the castle. Others 'ghosts' include Lady Jane Grey, executed in 1554, and the Princes in the Tower. Although the Tower has acquired a somewhat gruesome reputation over the centuries, relatively few executions were carried out within its precincts. Such events occurred when concern over security and public unrest meant the execution of notable prisoners, such as Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey, were better held out of general sight. However, most death sentences were carried out a short distance from the Tower, on Tower Hill, where a plaque now stands.