The Menagerie


I enjoyed reading the article by Rob Attar, in the June edition of the BBC History magazine, about the 600 years history of wild animals housed at the Tower of London. From the polar bear that swam in the Thames to the Duke of Wellington closing down the menagerie because (in part) he was worried that it interfered with the fortresses military function, it paints an interesting different story of the Tower.

Thanks to the ‘Miscellany Q&A’ section I’m also a little better informed on the subjects of the Popes infallibility and about England’s Cinque Ports. From another answer I’ve also learnt a little about the liberal and radical ‘News Chronicle’ and the irony of the newspaper being consumed by the Daily Mail in 1960.

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