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#1 Jeff Belanger

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Posted 04 October 2004 - 01:36 PM

On Thursday, September 30th, my wife, Megan and I had the opportunity to visit the Tower of London.

Here's a view of the fortress after we just crossed the famous Tower Bridge:
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Here's another view of the Tower of London from on the Thames river. The White Tower is the one most prominently featured in this picture:
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In my book, I interviewed Yeoman Serjeant Phil Wilson, one of the Yeoman Warders (also known as Beefeaters) who live and work at the tower. This is not an easy position to acquire. You had to have served in the armed forces for at least 22 years, reached the rank of staff sergeant or higher, be a recipient of the Long Service and Good Conduct medal, and have a character reference of "exemplary" when you leave the service. And all of that only allows you to apply for the interview process. Phil invited Megan and I to visit the Tower of London after hours to explore some of the more haunted rooms and passages and to watch the changing of the keys -- a ceremony that has taken place every single night for the last 700 years!

Here is a picture of me with Serjeant Phil Wilson in the Yeoman Warder's club in the Tower:
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If you read the chapter on the Tower of London, Serjeant Wilson talks about the time a young visitor to the tower senses a ghostly presence in one of the back rooms not open to the public and places her fingers blindly onto an engraving that she couldn't have possibly known about identifying a man named "Thomas Talbot" as the entity. Here is the actual engraving mentioned in the book:
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The engraving says, "Thomas Talbot 1496." Please note in my book I made a mistake and spelled his name "Talbert."

Here is a picture from within St. Thomas More's Cell in the Bloody Tower:
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The Tower of London is a fantastic stop if you're ever in London. Everyone there has ghostly experiences to talk about -- and most of them are first-hand experiences. There is so much history there and so much lore surrounding (and sometimes even within) those walls that it's a must-see for any fame of history and/or the supernatural!
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Posted 04 October 2004 - 01:40 PM

:weeee: cool man! thanks for posting! wonderful!
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Posted 04 October 2004 - 01:42 PM

Great pictures Jeff! Glad you had a good time! I couldn't wait to hear about your experience there.

Did it feel spooky being there at night?
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Posted 04 October 2004 - 01:52 PM

I think I was more in awe of all of the history as opposed to it being spooky. You also have to remember that it is still a military outpost. There are guards dressed in full-dress military uniform with the red coats and big black hats carrying loaded machine guns.

Standing in the small area where the block was used for beheadings was a bit eerie. The area is about 25 feet by 25 feet and a few notable people lost their heads there including one woman who refused to put her head on the block and was chased around the square by the executioner who ended up hacking her to death. Very eerie to stand in the exact spot where things like that took place.
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Posted 04 October 2004 - 01:59 PM

Very eerie means? Did you "feel" anything? Or was it because you knew such things happened?
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Posted 04 October 2004 - 02:57 PM

great post JEFF...it looks eery. :unsure:
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Posted 04 October 2004 - 03:59 PM

great pics jeff, looks like an amazing place. Just wondering though..........


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What do you reckon, mist??

Or is my imagination playing around with the limestone?? :weeee:
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Posted 04 October 2004 - 09:12 PM

Probably limestone or Jeff's breath :)

Glad the trip turned out so well for you
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Posted 05 October 2004 - 10:00 AM

I read the book last week a very good read. Thank You, I have been interested in the tower of london since I was a kid and then as I did my mothers genealogy and found royal roots in the family the ghost stories and history have been even better. Nice pictures of the tower. :)

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Posted 05 October 2004 - 12:32 PM

great pics jeff, looks like an amazing place. Just wondering though..........


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What do you reckon, mist??

Or is my imagination playing around with the limestone?? :)

Ok at first i was just messing around with something that just looked like mist, but the more i look at it the more i think it could be, possibly?? :huh:


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Posted 05 October 2004 - 12:36 PM

good eyes Grey! You know, am still an ameteur to locate anomalies! Good job matey!
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Posted 05 October 2004 - 06:58 PM

Cool stuff Jeff,and I remember hearing that story of the Executioner chasing that woman around with a huge axe.Totally brutal.Tower of London is quite an imposing structure with a remarkable history.

I hope to one day visit the UK and spend a couple of nights in several of the haunted Castles doing investigations.That would be awesome.
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Posted 05 October 2004 - 08:04 PM

nice pis Jeff
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Posted 06 October 2004 - 12:12 PM

MrGrey,

I see what you are pointing out in the pic. I believe it to be the stone itself and what makes me believe this is the actual corner of the wall. The color is bending with a sharp corner around. Good eyes but I think it is just the stone.
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Posted 08 October 2004 - 06:03 AM

Yes MrGrey I see what you are talking about in the picture also. You have a sharp pair of eyes.




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