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The Tower Division was a Liberty in the ancient county of Middlesex, England.wikipedia
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London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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In contemporary terms, the Liberty covered inner East London, the area now administered by the eponymous modern London Borough of Tower Hamlets together with most of the modern London Borough of Hackney (Shoreditch and Hackney proper).
The new authority's unusual name comes from an alternative title for the Tower Division; the area of south-east Middlesex, focused on (but not limited to) the area of the modern borough, which owed military service to the Tower of London.

Constable of the Tower

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It was also known as the Tower Hamlets, and took its name from the military obligations owed to the Constable of the Tower of London.
The Tower Hamlets was an area of SE Middlesex that urbanised as inner East London and included the area of the eponymous modern borough and most of what is now the London Borough of Hackney.

Middlesex

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The Tower Division was a Liberty in the ancient county of Middlesex, England.
The divisions were named Finsbury, Holborn, Kensington and Tower.

East London

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In contemporary terms, the Liberty covered inner East London, the area now administered by the eponymous modern London Borough of Tower Hamlets together with most of the modern London Borough of Hackney (Shoreditch and Hackney proper).
East London can be said to consist of two parts: the old Tower Division of Middlesex, and Metropolitan Essex, the latter comprising all of London east of the Lea.

Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets

Unlike the other divisions, the Tower Division was outside the jurisdiction of the Lord Lieutenant of Middlesex, with the Constable of the Tower exercising lieutenancy powers, usually with the ex-officio title of Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets.
This is a list of people who have served as Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets.

Shoreditch (parish)

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In contemporary terms, the Liberty covered inner East London, the area now administered by the eponymous modern London Borough of Tower Hamlets together with most of the modern London Borough of Hackney (Shoreditch and Hackney proper).
The civil parish was within the Ossulstone hundred and, from the 17th century, the Tower division.

Lord-lieutenant

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Unlike the other divisions, the Tower Division was outside the jurisdiction of the Lord Lieutenant of Middlesex, with the Constable of the Tower exercising lieutenancy powers, usually with the ex-officio title of Lord Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets.
The Constable of the Tower of London and the Warden of the Cinque Ports were ex-officio lieutenants for the Tower Hamlets and Cinque Ports respectively, which were treated as counties in legislation regarding lieutenancy and militia affairs.

London Borough of Hackney

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In contemporary terms, the Liberty covered inner East London, the area now administered by the eponymous modern London Borough of Tower Hamlets together with most of the modern London Borough of Hackney (Shoreditch and Hackney proper).
Parishes in Middlesex were grouped into ‘Divisions’, with Stoke Newington part of the Finsbury Division and Hackney and Shoreditch part of the Tower Division.

Finsbury division

Finsbury
The other three divisions of the Hundred were named Finsbury, Holborn and Kensington.
The other divisions were named Holborn, Kensington and Tower.

Holborn division

Holborn
The other three divisions of the Hundred were named Finsbury, Holborn and Kensington.
The other divisions were named Finsbury, Kensington and Tower.

Kensington division

Kensington
The other three divisions of the Hundred were named Finsbury, Holborn and Kensington.
The other divisions were named Finsbury, Holborn and Tower.

Ossulstone

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The growth of population around the City of London led to the Ossulstone Hundred being divided into four Divisions, with each division taking on the role of the Hundred, though the Tower Division also took on the military responsibilities held at county level, making the Tower Hamlets a "county within a county".
The Tower Division (also known as Tower Hamlets) had significant further responsibilities, as by having its own Lord Lieutenant it took on military responsibilities normally exercised at county level.

Yeomen Warders

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The Tower was normally garrisoned by a small force of Yeoman Warders, but these were supplemented by sometimes large numbers of local Hamlets men, Hamleteers, at times of increased tension.
The Yeomen Warders provided the permanent garrison of the Tower, but the Constable of the Tower could call upon the men of the Tower Hamlets to supplement them when necessary.

Liberty (division)

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The Tower Division was a Liberty in the ancient county of Middlesex, England.
Tower division, Liberties of the Tower of London

4th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment

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The Militia appear to have became the 7th Bn, the 2nd Tower Hamlets Rifle Volunteer Corps became the 9th Bn and the 1st Tower Hamlets Rifle Volunteer Brigade (THVRB) also joined the regiment but retained its own name.
The Tower Hamlets area of East London was no exception.

Volunteer Force

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An invasion scare of 1857 saw the creation of the Volunteer Force which included both Engineer and Rifle Volunteer Corps and which in the case of the Tower Hamlets supplemented the existing militia.
The Act concluded by defining the counties to which the corps were to belong: for the purposes of the Act the Isle of Wight, the Tower Hamlets and the Cinque Ports were separate counties, with the Governor of the Isle of Wight, the Constable of the Tower of London and the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports commissioning officers in place of the lord-lieutenant.

Shoreditch

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The parish of St Leonard, Shoreditch
Rapid Population growth around London saw the Hundred split into several 'Divisions' during the 1600s, with Shoreditch part of the Tower Division (aka Tower Hamlets).

Tower of London

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In 1685, during the Monmouth Rebellion, King James II raised a force of infantry from the Tower of London garrison; the Tower Hamlets Militia.
The Yeomen Warders provided the permanent garrison of the Tower, but the Constable of the Tower could call upon the men of the Tower Hamlets to supplement them when necessary.

Tower Hamlets (UK Parliament constituency)

Tower Hamlets
From 1832 to 1885 there was a Parliamentary Borough named Tower Hamlets, after the Tower Division.
The boundaries of the parliamentary borough were defined by the Parliamentary Boundaries Act 1832 as "The several Divisions of the Liberty of the Tower, and the Tower Division of Ossulston Hundred".

Mile End

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The hamlet of Mile End Old Town
Mile End formed a hamlet within the large ancient parish of Stepney, in the Tower division of the Ossulstone hundred of Middlesex.

England

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The Tower Division was a Liberty in the ancient county of Middlesex, England.

Hackney (parish)

HackneyParish of HackneyAncient Parish
In contemporary terms, the Liberty covered inner East London, the area now administered by the eponymous modern London Borough of Tower Hamlets together with most of the modern London Borough of Hackney (Shoreditch and Hackney proper).

River Lea

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The Liberty was seen as synonymous with East London until East London extended further, east of the Lea and into Essex.

Essex

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The Liberty was seen as synonymous with East London until East London extended further, east of the Lea and into Essex.

City of London

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The growth of population around the City of London led to the Ossulstone Hundred being divided into four Divisions, with each division taking on the role of the Hundred, though the Tower Division also took on the military responsibilities held at county level, making the Tower Hamlets a "county within a county".