The Moat At The Tower Of London And How It Is Used Today


Using the Moat at the Tower to grow vegetables during the Second World War
The Moat During The Second World War

This old photo shows vegetables and fruit being grown in the Moat at The Tower of London, allotments style, with Tower Bridge in the background. It reminds us how seriously the Nation responded to the need for everyone to help the war effort, while the enemy was trying to starve us by sinking ships bringing food to the UK. Here, at this medieval Castle at the centre of London history, Beefeaters and other staff at the Tower were also busy with this vital work.

In my book, Poppies, Pomp And People, I considered the way in which the Tower is used for promotions, corpotate events and other use today. The rich tradition of ‘sharing’ the Moat continues and I reproduce a piece from the book below:

‘I have listened to many different points of view about the best ways to utilise the Tower’s historical moat. Traditionalists argue that it should remain unspoiled, local residents bemoan its ugliness following use by marquees, and others champion the facility for marketing and promoting ‘today’s Tower.’If you want to purchase a signed copy of Poppies, Pomp And People, just use this link.

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