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The chapel, White Tower, London

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The Chapel takes up the south-east corner of 2 floors of the white tower. It is of early date (circa 1080) and in perfect condition. It measures 55 feet 6 ins long by 31 feet wide, and has a nave and aisles of four bays. The heavy round columns carry carved capitals, some of which bear a T-shaped figure found only at this early date. The arches are plain and above them is a clearstory lighted by a second tier of windows; its gallery is a continuation of the wall passages of the second floor. There are no old fittings in the Chapel; the glass in the windows was part of Horace Walpole's Collection at Strawberry Hill. It was in this Chapel that Queen Mary was betrothed to Count Egmont, proxy for Philip of Spain, in 1554.

5th Aug 2007 by Diane Earl

Geography, History

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