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There was also a Stone Gate House on the bridge and on its roof stood poles where traitors' heads were placed. This practice started in 1304 and continued until 1678. In the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell's head was placed on one of the poles.

In 1390, a Joust took place on the bridge between Lord Welles, English ambassador to Scotland, and Sir David De Lindsay, a Scots knight, who had quarrelled over the valour of their respective countrymen.The Scots knight was the victor and was later made ambassador to England.
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Sir John Hewitt, one Lord Mayor Of London certainly lived in one of the fine houses on the bridge and it is told that when his little daughter fell out of the window into the river, Sir John's apprentice, Edward Osborne dived into the Thames to rescue her.

The daughter grew up and although courted by many suitors, Sir John said "No, Osborne saved her and Osborne shall marry her". Osborne did marry her and he in his turn became Lord Mayor of London as well.
On 5th July 1450 the bridge was held against Jack Cade and his rebels.This was to be the most terrible night of its history. Houses were burnt and hundreds were slaughtered by the sword or perished in the flames but the rebellion was eventually put down and Cade's Head was stuck on a pole over the drawbridge. Click to see full size


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