Michelle W. says take the humble grid out of the shadows and make it the star. 

Traitors’ Gate was a watergate beneath St Thomas’s Tower at the Tower of London.

 

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The gate was built in the late 1270s to provide easy entry by barge. It earned its present name as the Tower evolved into a place of impris­onment – and sometimes torture – for those accused of treason during the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

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Impris­onment and execution at the Tower continued until the German spy Josef Jakobs was shot by firing squad in 1941.

The archway was ultimately bricked up because the embankment works caused the river to run deeper, making the gate of little practical use for visitors – traitorous or not – at most phases of the tide.

On through that gate misnamed, through which
Went Sidney, Russell, Raleigh, Cranmer, More,
On into twilight within walls of stone,
Then to the place of trial; and alone …

 

Toni 9/18/2015

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