Tower of London, UK

CyArk

A fortress protecting the United Kingdom's most valued artifacts

Expedition Overview
In February 2013, CyArk documented the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula and St. John’s Chapel within the Tower of London in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces. The field team employed laser scanning and digital photography to document the chapels. The laser scan data was used to generate several CAD drawings which have been used in ongoing conservation activities.
Introducing the Tower of London
Since its initial construction began under William the Conqueror in the 1070s, the Tower of London has played a pivotal role throughout the turbulent periods of England’s history. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the tower was repurposed into a state prison for high profile captives. In the Napoleonic era, the outer tower walls were reinforced to handle artillery and a barracks was constructed. Though much of the Tower was damaged during the German Blitzkrieg in World War II, the White Tower remained untouched. Today, the tower grounds remain primarily a tourist attraction with more than two and a half million visitors who come to visit the Crown Jewels, iconic Yeoman Warders (or ‘Beefeaters’) and legendary ravens.
St. John’s Chapel
The Chapel of St. John’s is located on the second floor of the white tower and is one of the best examples of Anglo-Norman church architecture in England. Constructed in 1080 within the original keep under William the Conqueror, the structure was built with stone imported from France. Although it is believed to have been brightly painted, Henry III (1216-72) embellished it with stained glass windows representing the Virgin Mary and the Holy Trinity. Today the stark chapel interior is reminiscent of how it would have looked in the Norman era.

CyArk produced a variety of orthographic images of the chapel walls to be used in the ongoing site management of the Tower.

Summary of Data Captured

This project resulted in the following data.

Areas with LiDAR documentation are indicated in grey.

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