Ship sails the Thames to Tower of London for historic re-enactment ceremony
A scene out of the 14th century came to life as a sea vessel docked at the Tower this weekend to pay its dues.
British naval ship HMS Liverpool sailed up to the Tower from West India Docks, South Quay, last Saturday for the annual Ceremony of the Constable’s Dues.
During the Middle Ages, successive Kings believed it was their right to extract tolls from vessels on the Thames, and the Tower’s Constable was empowered to demand the tolls.
Past offerings have included barrels of rum, oysters, mussels and cockles, and this year, the Tower’s Constable, General Lord Richard Dannatt, was presented with a barrel of wine.
The ship’s crew was challenged for entry to the Tower by the Yeoman Gaoler armed with his infamous axe. The captain and his shore party then marched through the Tower to Tower Green, accompanied by Beefeaters in their red and gold State Dress and a Corps of Drums, to deliver the barrel of wine.
You may also want to watch:
Participants then retired to the Queen’s House to sample the contents.
- 1 Teenager found dead in Victoria Park
- 2 Driver arrested after police 'drugs patrol' stops car in Whitechapel
- 3 Two in five people in Tower Hamlets may have had Covid-19
- 4 Drug and alcohol abuse by Tower Hamlets parents and children soars
- 5 Post deliveries in east London hit by Covid crisis among Royal Mail staff
- 6 Leyton Orient sign Dan Kemp on a permanent deal from West Ham United
- 7 'I can save the planet with my seaweed' scientist in east London claims
- 8 'Laptop bonanza' for schoolchildren in Poplar to help survive lockdown gloom
- 9 Leyton Orient boss Embleton expecting more movement in the transfer window
- 10 Disgraceful management of the pandemic