They're piquant little historical tidbits that he's methodically seeding into each walk's "page" on the London Walks website.
He's had a lot of good feedback so far – visitors to walks.com like them, I hope that Daily Constitutionalists do too…
Nice Simon Thurley quote.
"For eight years in the 1980s and 1990s, I was the curator of the Tower and often experienced its cold walls out of hours. Somehow these hard stone faces seemed to have absorbed the essence of the events they had encircled and they radiated back to me both the misery and the magnificence of England's past. There are many places in the Tower where that history is so thick that it takes little imagination to be transported back into it. Most powerful of all is the basement of the White Tower, the oldest part of the castle, where you can still visit the rooms once known as the Black Hall and the Black Chamber."
Simon Thurley, Houses of Power
The London Walks Tower of London tour goes at 11am on Wednesday mornings. More info at www.walks.com.
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