The TikTok influencer explains the grisly reason behind the Tower of London’s hand in the wall

Influencer Megan Clawson lives in the Tower, where her father is a Beefeater, and has risen to fame on the social media platform for unveiling the secrets of London’s famous fortress

Megan Clawson shared the reason there is a hand in the wall of the Tower of London
Megan Clawson shared the reason there is a hand in the wall of the Tower of London

A TikTok influencer has explained the grisly reason a levitating hand is embedded in the wall of the Tower of London.

Around 2.8 million tourists visit London’s iconic fortress, which was once the country’s most secure castle. But with so much to process, as hard as it is to believe, many may have overlooked the gruesome body part.

The creepy severed skeleton hand is a creepy yellow hue and is hidden behind cloudy glass in a section of wall of the north side tower that hundreds of thousands of people may unknowingly walk past every day.

And it’s ironically at hand level reports MyLondon.

But behind the object, as a resident of the tower and TikTok influencer Megan Clawson recently revealed, lies a gruesome history that stretches back to the gruesome punishments of the Middle Ages.

Beefeaters have guarded the tower since Tudor times


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Influencer Megan lives in the fort where her father is a beefeater.

The TikTok star became famous for her videos in which she revealed the various secrets of the historic fort and shared the story behind “The Hand In The Wall” on her page earlier this year.

Megan described how she’s now “quite accustomed to the gallows humor of the Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London.”

“They leave little humorous Easter eggs around the tower that a lot of visitors miss,” added Megan, who told her 199,000 TikTok followers, “including the hand in the wall.”

She walked through the tower toward the hand in the video, then shared the grisly reason she’s believed to be there.

Around 2.8 million tourists visit the Tower of London every year


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Megan told her followers: “The story goes that once you needed a password to enter. To assign the password, you had to put your hand in this spice [indicates hole in the wall] next to the North Byward Tower.”

However, what she described next suggests that there could have been some rather horrible punishment for anyone not familiar with the word.

Megan dramatically told her followers, “If you got the password wrong, they would chop off your hand in an instant.”

William the Conqueror built the stone tower in the 1070s and was the protector of the crown jewels and home to the Yeoman Warders and of course the famous ravens who, according to legend, protect the tower and are cared for by a Ravenmaster.

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