Trials held in 1685 to punish those who took part in the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion in south west England.
Monmouth had rebelled against the catholic monarchy and had been defeated at the battle of Sedgemoor (Somerset).
Judge Jeffreys, the Lord Chief Justice tried the defeated rebels and hanged 300. A further 800 were transported as slaves to the then colonies.
When the protestant William of Orange deposed James II Jeffrey's cruelty was not forgotten and he ended his days in the Tower, after being.caught and beaten by the London mob after hiding in "The Town of Ramsgate" near the "Prospect of Whitby"
Norman castle, dating from 1078, next to the Thames. Built by William the Conquerer and extended by Henry II and Edward I, so that the original White Tower, a classic norman keep, is now surrounded by two sets of towered curtain walls.
The Tower houses the crown jewels and an historical armoury which originally would have contained current weapons which might be showed to visitors to impress on them the Kings might.
The tower also acted as a prison and place of execution, two of Henry VIII's wives having been beheaded there.
The tower is staffed by the Yeoman Warders, known as "Beefeaters".
Coat and Badge
Recreated by the late Sam Wanamaker, "The Globe" stands near to its original site which is now occupied by Anchor Terrace. Built in 1598, "The Globe" was burnt down and rebulit in 1613.In 1642 it was closed down by the Puritans and demolished in 1644. The site was rediscovered in 1989 along with its sister playhouse "The Rose". Return
of Whitby, Wapping Wall
The "Prospect of Whitby" (once nicknamed "Beanies") formerly "The Devils Tavern" was frequented in his day by the infamous Judge Jeffries.
Dating from 1520, but rebuilt in the 18th century after a fire, the "Prospect of Whitby" is named after the Whitby collier which used to berth there.
The ground floor bar uses old ships timbers and sections of masts in its construction. Upstairs there is a restaurant and its beer garden has views of the river.
HMS Belfast is an Edinburgh class cruiser, built in 1938.
It saw active service in WW2 and the Korean war. At the battle of North Cape it took part in the action that sank the German battlecruiser Sharnhorst.
Displacement 11,553 tons, 613' 6" long, 12 x 6" main armament. (The main armament is trained on Gateway (Scratchwood) Services on the M1 motorway in Barnet, about 12 miles away). It is possible to tour the nine decks of this impressive warship. Now run by the Imperial War Museum.
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