HENRY VIII DIY RUNNING TOUR: LEG 4 OF 7

FROM:The Tower of London

to: Entrance of St Thomas' Hospital

DISTANCE: 2.7 miles

TOTAL DISTANCE: 5 miles

A statue of Prince Edward is right outside the entrance to St Thomas'

Henry viii's london

directions - leg 4

Keep following the path past the Tower of London with the river on your right. After a couple of minutes, you’ll get to the tunnel that goes under Tower Bridge. Go through the tunnel then immediately turn back on yourself (to the right) and go up the stairs onto Tower Bridge.

At the top of the stairs, keep going straight, running across Tower Bridge. At the other side, go down the stairs and turn right at the bottom, running along the path with the river to your right. Keep following the path until it ends and ascend the steps up London Bridge.

Turn left at the top of the stairs and cross the road. Cross the road so you’re on the same side as the Barrowboy & Banker pub. Keep running (with Borough Market on your right) and follow the road as you veer round to the right onto Southwark Street.

 

At the crossroads, turn left onto Southwark Bridge Road, then take the second right onto Union Street. Go straight over every crossroads, staying on Union Street. Then go straight over the crossroad with Blackfriars Road onto the Cut. Run down the cut and go straight over the cross roads onto Baylis Road. Turn right onto Lower Marsh. At the end of Lower Marsh cross Westminster Bridge Road and turn right.

 

At the roundabout, bear left and then cross the road. Go up the pedestrianized entrance to St Thomas’ hospital. Keep going straight just passing the main exit. You should find a statue of Prince Edward, the reason so many say that Jane Seymour was Henry’s most favoured Queen.

4th STOP - WHAt's the story?

Henry and Jane were betrothed the day after Anne’s execution (no time to waste when there’s an heir to be made) and were married on the 30th May 1536 at the Palace of Whitehall. She was described as a rather meek and plain-looking woman, but was from a large family with lots of brothers and sisters (perfect breeding material).

Not as educated as Anne or Catherine, Jane was rather more suited to the homely activities such as needlework. Unlike Anne, Jane was popular with the public: largely for her treatment of Lady Mary (no longer a Princess as she was considered a bastard) who she brought back to court.


Jane’s coronation was delayed: officially it was because of the Plague, but in reality it was thought that Henry was reluctant to crown another queen until she produced a male heir. Pressure on.

 

Finally, in September 1537, Jane gave birth to Edward (the future King), whose statue you can see right here.

JANE SEYMOUR 1508-1537

It was a terrible birth, lasting 3 days. Though Jane was well enough to attend her son’s Christening, she soon became very ill and died on the 24th October 1537.
 
As the only one of Henry’s wives to die a Queen, Jane was giving a royal funeral and was buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Henry later was buried by her side.

 

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