Traitors' Gate

entrance to the Tower of London, England

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English Traitors' Gate

The Traitors' Gate is an entrance through which many prisoners of the Tudors arrived at the Tower of London. The gate was built by Edward I, to provide a water gate entrance to the Tower, part of St. Thomas's Tower, which was designed to provide additional accommodation for the royal family.

In the pool behind Traitors' Gate was an engine that was used for raising water to a cistern on the roof of the White Tower. The engine worked originally by the force of the tide or by horsepower and eventually by steam. In 1724–1726, it was adapted to drive machinery for boring gun barrels. It was removed in the 1860s.The name Traitors' Gate has been used since before 1543, when that name is used on Anton van den Wyngaerde's panorama of London. Prisoners were brought by barge along the Thames, passing under London Bridge, where the heads of recently executed prisoners were displayed on spikes. Notable prisoners such as Sir Thomas More

entered the Tower by Traitors' Gate.Although Queen Anne Boleyn is often reported to have passed through the Traitors' Gate after her arrest, the contemporary chronicle of Charles Wriothesley recorded that Boleyn was brought through the "court gate" (in the Byward Tower).

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German St Thomas’s Tower

Der St Thomas’s Tower, umgangssprachlich Traitors’ Gate, ursprünglich St Thomas’s Gate oder Water Gate, ist ein ehemaliges Wassertor in der Festungsanlage des Tower of London. Der aus dem 13. Jahrhundert unter Edward I. gebaute Turm bildete für viele Jahrhunderte den Hauptzugang von der Themse zum Tower. Benannt ist er nach dem Londoner Stadtheiligen Thomas Beckett. Die direkte Verbindung zur Themse ist mittlerweile zugemauert. Seit dem späten 20. Jahrhundert ist das Becken im Tor aber wieder mit Wasser gefüllt.

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