Tower of London has its first canon in over 300 years

The first Canon in over 300 years has been sworn in at The Tower of London.

Tower by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres.

He becomes the first Canon at the Tower since the 17th century.

From 1449 a Dean and two Canons were attached to the Tower directly under the jurisdiction of the monarch.

The Canonry was abolished in the reign of James II in 1685. But The Bishop of London recently asked The Queen to reinstate the Canonry and a Royal Warrant was signed.


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Last Thursday (April 5) Rev Canon Hall swore allegiance to The Queen and the Bishop during a service in St John’s Chapel in the ancient White Tower, also known as the ‘Conqueror’s Chapel’ as it was built for William the Conqueror in 1078.

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