Our first day we got settled in Ealing and went to Allen Hall, a seminary in Chelsea. Allen Hall is built on the site of Saint Thomas More's estate. His garden wall and a mulberry tree survive from his time and are located in one of the seminary's courtyards. The seminary community gave us a terrific meal and tour of their house. It was wonderful to see how similar seminarians are no matter what country they are from. The big difference though is that the English seminarians I talked to have not ever heard of the Settlers of Catan, arguably the no. 1 boardgame at SPS, so if there was any disappointment, that was it.
The Next day (Thursday) we visited the semi-cloistered community of sisters whose house is right by the site of the Tyburn Tree, a notorious site of executions. Hundreds of Catholics and others were hung, dismembered, drawn, and quartered on this site. Now it is in the middle of a busy road on a traffic island and only commemorated by a plaque on the ground.
|A couple candid shots as we viewed the Tower from afar.|
The White Tower is surrounded by two walls and a moat. Those walls are thick!
So many things happened here: the monarchs lived here for centuries, massive amounts of arms and armor were stored here, and noble prisoners were kept here, including Sir Thomas More. The Anglican chaplain of the Tower brought us to the Tomb of St Thomas More under the chapel.
|Part of the Tower with a modern skyscraper (under construction) in the background.|
|The Tower Bridge.|