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Reference number

SM 62/7/10


[9] Surveys of the Devil's Tower (Edward III Tower), 31 January 1824


Elevations and section


bar scales of 1/8 inch to 1 foot and 1/10 inch to 1 foot


labelled: Devil Tower as it now it (sic) / No 37 and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 31 January 1824
    31 Jany 1824

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pricked for transfer within five ruled sepia and black wash border on wove paper (535 x 751)


David Mocatta


The Devil's Tower is now known as the Edward III Tower. It was built in the 1220s after the seige of 1216 in the south-west corner of the Upper Ward. This drawing shows what is perhaps an earlier incarnation of the Tower (left), a section that matches this 'former' elevation and an elevation of the Tower 'as it now [is]' - with lancet windows with pointed hood mouldings.



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