Saturday, November 21, 2009

Where Old Bailey revives the Marquis de Carabas

I walked along the south bank of the Thames and caught up with the HMS Belfast to check it out before moving on to take a tour of the Tower of London.  I really was curious to see what Old Bailey had to deal with, going to the Floating Market to barter for the body of the ex-marquis and get it to the wall surrounding the Tower to perform a bit of unholy magic and bring him back to life. 

I had the fortune of a gorgeous day, one passing light rain surrounded by sun and blue skies. Imagining the setting at night makes it all even more impressive a view.  First, the HMS Belfast is HUGE. You can hopefully catch some of the scale here by seeing some people on deck from the shore. The HMS Belfast is a retired World War II and Korean War battleship, used now as a museum and occasionally for reenactments.

Nearby Tower Bridge connects me to the north bank where the Tower of London sits, as it has in various forms for almost 1000 years. I took the tour and would so again. The Yeoman Warder who gave our tour was particularly interested in defensive architecture and had an enjoyable enthusiasm for describing the horrid condition of the moat, the tales of prisoners and executions at the Tower, the description of what happened in the dungeons and how some executions up on Tower Hill didn't always go so cleanly.  He set a perfect stage for the macabre scene of the marquis's resurrection. The arches here and gargoyles and original Roman walls and banded doors also provided some juicy inspiration.

I ended with a shot of the wall most accessible to the river and the view of the ship from there just to tie it all back together. Enjoy.


  1. Belfast is indeed big when you're standing next to her, but for what it's worth she's not a battleship, but a light cruiser. A battleship would be much bigger, and probably wouldn't fit on that bit of the Thames ;-)

    Good luck with the production - I'm enjoying reading about my city from an interested visitor's viewpoint!

  2. Ha! Good catch Simon, thank you for that. Most of the comments around here are correcting my bad facts or grammar - guess that's what you get for going public!


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