A few weeks ago, I was in London and went back to the Tower to revisit some of the sites that are important to TRANSCENDENCE. If you've read the book, you know that the book opens with Cole taking a tour of the Tower of London with her sister Kat. There, she has some strange visions that start her on a journey that will change her life.
This is the view from the Tower Hill tube stop just across the street. Cole has her first vision of the executions on the hill on this spot.
This is a view of the Tower of London from just up the hill. In the 1500s, there would have been a moat all around it where the grass is today. The smell would have been amazing.
These are some of the living quarters over the main entrance gate. Griffon's dad lives here.
Cole comments that it's odd to see all of the historical buildings with the modern glass structures just beyond the walls. You can see what she means here.
A lot of the warders live on the grounds of the Tower - you can see their homes and the buildings they use for day to day life if you look around.
A view across the main lawn.
A warder giving a tour.
Beauchamp Tower, where all of the prisoner's graffiti is located. Later in the book, Cole has a memory of sitting in the window that you see on the second floor overlooking the execution spot on the Green.
This is all prisoner's graffiti that is carved right into the walls. This last one is the one I used as inspiration for the one that Cole finds on the wall that seems to be important to her.
The view from the window in Beauchamp Tower. You can see the glass memorial on the left hand side by the grass. The actual execution scaffolding would have been built on the right of the photo on the other side of the path.
The glass memorial to the executed.
The entrance to the Crown Jewels.
The Armouries Cafe where Griffon takes Cole to have some tea after she faints.
Axe and executioner's block that were used at the Tower.