|Rob with the Tower Bridge in the background|
HISTORY OF LONDON BRIDGE:
London Bridge refers to several bridges that have spanned the River Thames between the City of London and Southwark, in central London. The current crossing, which opened to traffic in 1973, is a box girder bridge constructed from concrete and steel. It replaced a 19th-century stone-arched bridge, which in turn superseded a 600-year-old medieval structure.
IS LONDON BRIDGE HAUNTED? - Remember in the last blog about the Traitor's Gate that as Queen Catherine Howard was passing London Bridge, she saw her adulterous lover's head on a spike at the bridge? Well, according to Haunted Happenings U.K. there's a lot of skulls that were once on spikes (who had been executed and had their heads cut off) that are now in the waters beneath the bridge. Many bones have been excavated, including many skulls with holes in them (from the spikes).
|Tom with the Tower Bridge in the background|
Aside from the gloomy feeling of despair and heaviness in the air (from the emotional fear, most likely), footsteps and even children's voices are heard on the Bridge.
SOME ADDITIONAL HISTORY FROM TOM:
While Catherine Howard (one of Henry VIII's wives) was still quite young, she was sent to live with her step-grandmother, who was not so watchful over her staff. It was said that the ladies of the household would have men back to their dormitory in the evenings. It was during this time that Catherine, as part of her education, was tutored by one Henry Manox. Manox had an affair with the very young Catherine, though he was not executed because sexual relations could neither be proven, nor did either of them admit to the affair; although the step-grandmother had walked in on them several times.
Catherine Howard also had an affair with two other men, Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpepper. There is some belief among historians of the time that Francis and Catherine really did love each other, although their love letters to each other were intercepted and burned by the step-grandmother.