National Geographic : 1929 May
© National Geographic Society Autochrome by Clifton Adams THE TOWER OF LONDON EPITOMIZES THE HISTORY OF A GREAT NATION Probably no other place in the world holds so much of interest to the English people. The original, orWhite Tower, whose walls are 15feet thick and 90 feet high, was built by William the Conqueror on the site of an old Roman fortress beside the Thames. Once aroyal residence and visible sign of the monarch's power, it later became a great prison and torture house whose very name was a terrorinthe land. InQueen Victoria's reign the Tower was restored in accordance with its ancient plans and to-day serves as a museum of British historyand arepository for the crown jewels ofthe Empire.