I went to the Tower of London on 2nd January 2017 to see where a dragon and a mouse might live. It was the first time I’d been there in 50 years (I was only eight when I last visited). What a beautiful day! It was very cold, but so sunny it looks quite summery in the photos. The captions will tell you about each photo, and when you read the book you’ll see where some of the ideas came from… (Click on a photo to enlarge it and see the caption.)
This is where the dragon made his home, in the 12-metre deep well, down in the basement of the White Tower
Two fierce dragons or wyrms on a huge green cannon outside the White Tower
Tow of the Tower’s ravens, having an affectionate moment.
The very tip-top of the White Tower. Imagine a mouse swinging on the weather vane
This is the main entrance to the White Tower, where a tiny dragon had to sneak in unnoticed.
This is The Monument, marking the place where the Great Fire of London began, in Pudding Lane. A dragon and a mouse have lunch here.
This is everyday uniform for the Yeoman Warders (aka Beefeaters) – their special dress uniform is scarlet.
This old map shows the White Tower, the walls and other buildings surrounded by the moat
The north side of the Tower – that round turret is where the stairs are that go from basement to roof
Guarding the Crown Jewels
An arrow slit in the curtain wall, just big enough for an archer to fire arrows at the enemy.
Tower Bridge – this is where two dragons meet for a chat.
Henry VIII’s armour – his horse had armour too.
This is a thousand-year-old toilet. The smooth wooden seat was installed centuries later.
The gate beneath the Bloody Tower
Properly called the Water Gate, where royalty came into the Tower by boat from the river, it became known as Traitor’s Gate.
Imaging this portcullis crashing down on your head as you were trying to invade or escape!