In today's Claire Chat's I discuss Wyatt's words "The bell tower showed me such sight, That in my head sticks day and night" and what he was referring to. Did he see the executions? Did he see Queen Anne Boleyn get beheaded?
You can read Wyatt's execution poetry in May's magazine - see https://www.tudorsociety.com/may-2015-tudor-life-magazine/, page 44 onwards.
Click here to see my Claire Chats video on Anne Boleyn and Thomas Wyatt.
Here is a plan of the Tower of London as it was at the end of the 16th century. Click on the image to see a larger version. The Lieutenant's Lodgings next to the Bell had not been built in 1536 and so would not have impeded Wyatt's view.
- The Bell Tower
- Anne Boleyn's route to the scaffold
- The spot where it is believed that Anne Boleyn was executed.
- Route men would have taken from Tower to scaffold on Tower Hill.
- Tower Hill scaffold site.
And here's a photo Tim took of the Bell Tower. The Bell Tower is on the right with its windows overlooking the Thames (which is to the left of the photo, the other side of the wall).