Thorney Tales

The Jewel Tower, built in 1365, is one of only three buildings of the medieval Palace of Westminster which have remained more or less intact. The other two are Westminster Hall and Inigo Jones' Banqueting House. Its full glory has only recently been revealed because from the 17th century until the 1960s the Jewel Tower - located at the back of Westminster Abbey opposite the House of Lords - had buildings around it on three sides blocking the view to the general public. There were fears in the 19th century that it was only a matter of time before it was demolished.