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Visiting the Tower in uniform

Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:45 pm
by LongGone
Can students still get an escorted tour of the Tower of London if in uniform? My mother pretty much forced me into one, probably about 1956, though I have a (possibly false) recollection that a preliminary phone call was involved.

Re: Visiting the Tower in uniform

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:38 am
by Chris T
I have no idea if such escorted tours of the Tower of London still exist for CH pupils in uniform.

My only knowledge of visits in Housey dress to the Tower is that allegedly no entry fee was required. Is this true? Was it ever true? I don’t know, for my home was not in London, so I was never able to take advantage of this privilege, if indeed it existed.

Re: Visiting the Tower in uniform

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:36 pm
by sejintenej
Chris T wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:38 am
I have no idea if such escorted tours of the Tower of London still exist for CH pupils in uniform.

My only knowledge of visits in CH uniform to the Tower is that allegedly no entry fee was required. Is this true? Was it ever true? I don’t know, for my home was not in London, so I was never able to take advantage of this privilege, if indeed it existed.
It existed; someone mentioned having done it when I was at CH but no details given. Living 200 miles away I never had the chance to try it out.

Interestingly, CH is closely linked to the City of London but the Tower of London is in Tower Hamlets, not (at present) the City.
Each year the Lord Mayor and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets meet and the Lord Mayor demands that the Tower be transferred to the City. They cannot agree so they go to lunch and do agree to discuss the matter the next year.

Re: Visiting the Tower in uniform

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:54 pm
by J.R.
sejintenej wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:36 pm
Chris T wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:38 am
I have no idea if such escorted tours of the Tower of London still exist for CH pupils in uniform.

My only knowledge of visits in CH uniform to the Tower is that allegedly no entry fee was required. Is this true? Was it ever true? I don’t know, for my home was not in London, so I was never able to take advantage of this privilege, if indeed it existed.
It existed; someone mentioned having done it when I was at CH but no details given. Living 200 miles away I never had the chance to try it out.

Interestingly, CH is closely linked to the City of London but the Tower of London is in Tower Hamlets, not (at present) the City.
Each year the Lord Mayor and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets meet and the Lord Mayor demands that the Tower be transferred to the City. They cannot agree so they go to lunch and do agree to discuss the matter the next year.
Any excuse for a 'free lunch' !!

Re: Visiting the Tower in uniform

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:49 pm
by John Saunders
I went in Housey uniform in early fifties. No charge! JHGS

Re: Visiting the Tower in uniform

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:35 pm
by Katharine
I wonder whether they would have let us in?

Re: Visiting the Tower in uniform

Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:58 pm
by postwarblue
I suspect the Tower is not part of the City and under the Lord Mayor because it was Crown property.

Re: Visiting the Tower in uniform

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:40 am
by sejintenej
postwarblue wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:58 pm
I suspect the Tower is not part of the City and under the Lord Mayor because it was Crown property.
Surely Crown Property still is within local boroughs etc? I know that, for example, Buck House still has to get a drinks licence for each state dinner and there is a police officer detailed to present the application to the Magistates.! (I don't understand that - I don't need a licence if I have a bottle of wine here at home'with adult friends - the police officer has never queried it)