Tower of London - Photographs - Benjamin Stone

Object Title

Tower of London - Photographs - Benjamin Stone

Tower of London - Photographs - Benjamin Stone

Date

1899

Reference

TOL PHO/105

Level

Series

Scope and Content

Ten photographs of excavations in the Tower of London, by Benjamin Stone, A series of photographs taken during the excavations on the line of the wall between the Wakefield Tower and the White Tower, undertaken in March 1899 in connection with the building of the new Main Guard, demolished by enemy action in 1941, These photographs should be compared with the plan showing the 1899 excavations in the Tower of London / R. Sutherland Gower. Vol. 2,

I.105 1, 'The Tower of London. The alterations of 1899. Ancient foundations, March 1899.' On the back endorsed: '8576 neg'. View of the excavations looking north showing the plinth of the White Tower, possibly on the site where the remains of a Roman hypocaust are said to have been found 9 feet 6 inches below ground level. Includes five workmen,

I.102 2, 'The Tower of London. The alterations of 1899. Ancient foundations, March 1899.' On the back endorsed: '8578 neg'. A view of the site of the Coldharbour Gate, with an iron gun used as a bollard in the ground. The west end of Waterloo Barracks and the east end of the Chapel of St. Peter are visible in the background,

I.105 3, 'The Tower of London. The alterations of 1899. Ancient foundations, March 1899.' On the back endorsed: '8571 neg'. Another view of the same excavations as no. 2, taken near the gun bollard and facing north-west towards the Beauchamp Tower,

I.105 4, 'The Tower of London. The alterations of 1899. Ancient Norman Wall (exposed and removed). March 1899' 'Bloody Tower' and 'Wakefield Tower' in the margin. On the back endorsed: '8572 neg'. The excavations looking south towards the Wakefield Tower, showing the east side of the wall with plaster coating intact. This wall was in fact incorporated into the Main Guard building, not demolished,

I.105 5, 'The Tower of London. The alterations of 1899. Ancient foundations. March 1899'. On the back endorsed: '8570 neg'. Similar view to no. 4, from further south and east, showing the ? Palace foundations/foundations of the Ordnance storehouses and two bays of the Victorian inner curtain wall,

I.105 6, 'The Tower of London. The alterations of 1899. Ancient foundations. March 1899'. On the back endorsed: '8569 neg'. Similar view to no. 5, from nearer to the base of the Wakefield Tower,

I.105 7, 'The Tower of London. The alterations of 1899. Discovery of underground passages. March 1899'. On the back endorsed: '8577 neg'. Shows the hole breaking into the tunnel/drain leading from the White Tower to the Wharf used to transport stores and ammunition,

I.105 8, 'Ancient subterranean passages opened into by the excavations of 1899. J. Benjamin Stone.' Shows stonework and an iron grating covering an opening,

I.105 9, No caption or date. A view of a curved ashlar revetment, presumably of the 'Norman Well' recorded during the 1899 excavations. A modern pencilled note on the back: 'The Tower of London: Wakefield Tower - alterations of 1899',

I.105 10, No caption or date. Several stone cannon balls, a ? 17th century glass bottle and a lower human jaw-bone. A modern pencilled note on the back: 'The Tower of London: Finds from Wakefield and Bloody Towers - 1899'

Extent

10 photographs

Access Conditions

Open access

Associations

Creator(s) Benjamin Stone