Traitor’s Gate

Let’s go hop over to the river now. Do you see that big gate? That’s called Traitor’s Gate. See the building that’s right on the water’s edge? That’s St. Thomas’ Tower. And see the dark archway there? Inside there is the Gate. That is where the boats came when the sheriff brought prisoners to the Tower.

Usually, they were brought to the Tower at night because some of them were liked by a lot of people and had a lot of friends, and the king or queen who locked then up didn’t want those people to get mad and riot. So they would bring them at night when it was harder to see. Traitor’s Gate used to be called Water Gate — I bet you can guess why that is — and the street next to it inside the Tower was called Water Lane.

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