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Tower of London

Chidiock Tichborne in the Tower of London

The Tower of London has held a number of notable prisoners, among them Sir Walter Raleigh, Samuel Pepys, and Anne Boleyn. A lesser known prisoner was Chidiock Tichborne, the author of our next poem, who achieved his fame not as a poet but as a member of a conspiracy to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and enthrone Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, in her place.

The fatal chair

This is the chair in which Josef Jakobs spent his last minutes on earth. At 7.12 am, on Friday 15 August 1941, the eight-man firing squad of Scots Guards was commanded to carry out the sentence of execution.