This morning I was lucky enough to be able to join a group of people getting a close-up view of some conservation work currently being undertaken on Bowyer Tower and adjacent walls.
Most visitors to the Tower of London probably don’t have a thought about the maintenance of the fabric that’s needed, not thinking about the deterioration caused by hundreds of years of London’s weather. A sizeable section on the north side was destroyed by a disastrous fire in the Armoury in 1841. The construction techniques used then, as well as repairs made during the 1960s have contributed to damage to the fabric of the building – in parts the walls have become very fragile indeed. When the work is complete it is planned for both the Flint and Bowyer Towers to be opened to the public for the first time, along with the adjoining wall walk.
Lastly a few general pictures to show the scale of the job being done. There’s an awful lot of scaffolding here!