Strengthening the fortress

Strengthening the fortress (HM27HL)

Location: London, England EC3N 4EE Greater London
Country: United Kingdom
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N 51° 30.545', W 0° 4.675'

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The Tower was often used as a refuge by kings in trouble and Henry III was no exception. He retreated here in 1238 and, horrified by the castle's out-of-date defences, ordered a mighty fortified gateway built.
The gateway was north of today's western entrance and was completed by 1240. It allowed direct entry from the City over a timber bridge which spanned the moat. An impressive turret guarded the entrance, which was strengthened by a gate-tower. Henry III spent over £5,000 on his new fortifications — equivalent to £2.4m today. He enclosed the castle with an outer wall, defended by eight towers.
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HM NumberHM27HL
Placed ByCommonwealth War Graves Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 702769 N 5710488
Decimal Degrees51.50908333, -0.07791667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 51° 30.545', W 0° 4.675'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds51° 30' 32.7" N, 0° 4' 40.5" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Tower Hill, London England EC3N 4EE, GB
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