"Clifford's Tower" Clifford's Tower Tip by sambarnett

Clifford's Tower, York: 55 reviews and 127 photos


Named after Roger de Clifford who was hung in chains over the tower's walls in 1322, Clifford's Tower has seen its fair share of horrific events. Most tragic of all was the Jewish massacre of 1190. Angry over mounting debts to the city's Jewish moneylenders, an angry mob chased over 150 people into the tower. Rather than face the mob, many Jews commited suicide, those who didn't were burned alive as the crowd torched the tower. The few remaining survivors were then murdered by the mob.
   In 1536 Robert Aske, who led a rebellion against Henry VIII's dissolutions of the monasteries, was hung in chains from the tower.
   Most of the remaining structures dates from the 13th century. The roof was burnt off in 1684.
   If you are afraid of heights climbing to the top of the tower can be a harrowing experience, with only a steel railing preventing a nasty drop to the bottom. But those who brave it are rewarded with great views of the city.

Address: Tower Street
Directions: Opposite the Castle Museum
Phone: 01904 606940
Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/cliffords-tower-york/

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  • Updated Sep 2, 2002
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