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Tower Hill

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Tower Hill was a large area of open ground north and west of the Tower of London. In Stow’s time Tower Hill also included land to the east of Posterngate, now called Little Tower Hill. By 1598, Stow reports that Tower Hill had become greatly streightned by incrochmentes, (vnlawfully made and suffered) for Gardens and Houses (Stow).
Tower Hill is most famous as a place of execution; there was a permanent scaffold and gallows on the hill for the execution of such Traytors or Transgressors, as are deliuered out of the Tower, or otherwise to the Shiriffes of London (Stow). The gallows initially caused great controversy. Set up in 1464 by officers of King Edward IV, there was discussion about whether the gallows fell within the jurisdiction of the City of London or were part of a liberty. King Edward sent out a royal proclamation stating that the gallows were set up for his use without his consent and were in derogation and preiudice of the liberties and franchises of this cittie (Stow). He made sure it was known that this disregard for jurisdictions was not characteristic of his relationship with the City of London. The gallows were finally removed in the mid-eighteenth century after many years of use (Harben).
Tower Hill is labelled Towre hyllon the Agas map northwest of the Tower of London and features an illustration of the gallows in the northwest corner.


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MLA citation:

Adams, Neil. “Tower Hill.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Web. 20 February 2018. <>.

Chicago citation:

Adams, Neil. n.d. “Tower Hill.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed February 20, 2018.

APA citation:

Adams N. (n.d.). Tower Hill. In J. Jenstad (Ed.), The Map of Early Modern London. Retrieved February 20, 2018, from

TEI citation:

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