Drawbridge Tower

Drawbridge Tower was located on London Bridge, at the northernmost end of the drawbridge (Harben, London Bridge; Stow 1633, sig. F4v). Traitors’ heads were displayed on the tower until it was rebuilt in 1577 (Stow 1633, sig. F4v).
Construction on the tower began in 1426. John Reynwell laid one of the first cornerstones of the project and all the cornerstones of the tower were engraved with the name of Jesus (Stow 1633, sig. F4v). In 1481, Drawbridge Tower had begun to be seriously damaged by the vibration of carts going across London Bridge and by the raising and lowering of the drawbridge, so measures were taken to reduce traffic across and under the bridge (Harben, London Bridge). The tower was decayed enough by 1577 to be completely rebuilt and the cornerstone of this new building was laid by Sir John Langley (Stow 1633, sig. F4v).


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Zabel, Jamie. Drawbridge Tower. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 7.0, edited by Janelle Jenstad, U of Victoria, 05 May 2022, mapoflondon.uvic.ca/edition/7.0/DRAW2.htm. INP.

Chicago citation

Zabel, Jamie. Drawbridge Tower. The Map of Early Modern London, Edition 7.0. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed May 05, 2022. mapoflondon.uvic.ca/edition/7.0/DRAW2.htm. INP.

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Zabel, J. 2022. Drawbridge Tower. In J. Jenstad (Ed), The Map of Early Modern London (Edition 7.0). Victoria: University of Victoria. Retrieved from https://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/editions/7.0/DRAW2.htm. INP.

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