Impressively located on the north bank of the Thames, the Tower of London is one of the capital’s most iconic buildings attracting more than two million visitors a year.
Since its founding in 1066, the Castle has served as a fortress, a royal residence, a home for the Royal Mint, a storehouse for military paraphernalia and weapons and, of course, a notorious prison.
There were several phases of expansion, mainly under the Kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries. Despite later building works, the late 13th century layout remains.
The White Tower (providing it the original name) was built in 1078 by William the Conqueror as part of the Norman Conquest of England. Throughout history, The Tower has served variously as a prison from 1100 to 1952, an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public record office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of England.
DBR Leadwork was responsible for the renewal and salvage of the plain tiled roofs over the Queen’s House and Bell Tower, the replacement of all existing leadwork to the gutters, roof and flashing details with new code 7 and 8 sand cast lead sheet, as well as the alterations, repair and improvements to existing historic hopper heads.
During the project, both new and as many of the existing tiles as possible were used to carry out the works.
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