Estate agents were asked by a Beefeater living at Tower of London to sell his house.

Spike Abbott guards the historic castle together with about 36 others. Foxtons received a note from Foxtons expressing interest in his 12th Century residence.

But the Yeoman Warder, 59, warned the London-based firm its for sale sign would ‘raise a few eyebrows’ if placed outside the fortress.

The Beefeaters, the nation’s oldest military corps and royal bodyguard, are still in existence.

The former soldiers are still responsible for protecting the castle, but have been popularized by tourists in recent years.

Spike Abbott (pictured), who guards the historic castle with around 36 others, said Foxtons sent a letter showing interest in his 12th Century house

Spike Abbott (pictured), who protects the historic castle together with about 36 others, reported that Foxtons wrote a note showing an interest in his 12th Century mansion.

But the Yeoman Warder, 59, warned the London-based firm its for sale sign would 'raise a few eyebrows' if placed outside the fortress

The Yeoman Warder (59) warned that the London-based company’s for sale sign could ‘raise some eyebrows’ outside of the fortress.

Covid is being fought by Abbott. Foxtons sent a tweet to Mr Abbott requesting that Foxtons send a letter to Foxtons stating that he was ‘the legal owners’ of one the houses in The Casemates. The homes are located on the outer ramparts of the tower.

He stated, “Thanks @foxtons for offering to let me sell or rent the 12th-century property that HM Tower of London has provided me.”

“However, it might raise some eyebrows when your sign is placed outside of my home @WappingLondon.”

The post was shared by him with a photo of his view looking toward Tower Bridge.

The letter is understood to have been sent by the Wapping Sales and Lettings branch of Foxtons.

The message stated that they were valuing your property next week before giving you a professional opinion on the sale or rental price of your property. There are no strings attached.

The Covid protocol would be followed by estate agents when they call in to request a valuation, it was stated.

He shared the post with a picture of the view from his house looking towards Tower Bridge (pictured)

He also shared the picture with the caption “View from my house towards Tower Bridge” (pictured)

Mr Abbott, who is battling Covid, tweeted Foxtons' letter to 'the legal owner' of one of the homes in The Casemates (pictured), which sit in the outer rampart of the tower

Covid-afflicted Mr Abbott tweeted Foxtons’ email to the ‘legal owner’ of one the houses in The Casemates. (Photo: Foxtons) The homes are located in the outer ramparts of The Tower.

Former RAF Serviceman, Mr Abbott swapped his wings to the red Tudor Uniform six years ago when he began working at the tower.

He was formerly from Abingdon in Oxfordshire and joined 36 Yeoman Warders who retired as full-time castle custodians.

Yeoman Warders descend from an ancient group of warders that guarded tower gates, royal prisoners and the Crown Jewels.

This role is only available to ex-service men with at least 22 year experience.

Abbott joined RAF Abingdon as a pilot in 1980. There he was responsible for aircraft transport and salvage.

He moved to Germany in 1983 with 20 Squadron, where he worked as a mechanic for Jaguar planes.

As a loadmaster in the cargo area and refuelling, he served at RAF Lyneham with 47 Hercules Squadron from 1988 to 1988.

The Beefeaters live in The Casemates in the outer rampart of the historic Tower of London (pictured)

The Beefeaters are located in The Casemates, which is the outer wall of The Tower of London’s Tower of London. (Photo:

The Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror in the 1070s and is now owned by the Queen

William the Conqueror built the Tower of London in 1070s. It is currently owned by the Queen

Later, he moved to RAF Brize Norton and worked with Vickers VC10s in support crew. He was later assigned with 99 Squadron as a loadmaster for the C17s.

Prior to retiring in April 2015, he was promoted to Master Aircrewman.

He was a Yeoman Warder when he first started.

“I am a Beefeater living in a 2 bedroom flat in a renovated hospital block. The place has a village vibe. The Yeoman’s Club is our pub.

While Luke (30, his son) remained in Abingdon, Lisa (his wife of 57 years), joined Luke at the flat in central London.

He stated, “My wife is a woman of leisure and can come here to be one.” She cannot wait to come here and live the London lifestyle.

William the Conqueror built the Tower of London in the 1070s. It is currently owned by the Queen.

Henry VIII ordered that Yeoman Warders guard the structure permanently.

Foxtons has been reached out for comment. 

Yeoman Warders is the origins of one of the oldest military corps and royal bodyguards.

Henry VII became the first Tudor monarch and formed the Yeoman Warders after the Battle for Bosworth in 1485.

This is the oldest military corps and the oldest royal bodyguards. 

Henry VIII, after moving his resident in 1509, decided that part of the royal guard should protect the Tower.

The ‘Yeoman Warders” were granted the privilege to wear the red state dress uniform. It is used on official occasions like the birthday of the monarch.

In the 19th century, the more sturdy everyday dark-blue ‘undressed’ uniform was created.

The state dress uniform is worn on state occasions such as the monarch’s birthday

On state occasions, such as the birthday of the monarch, the state dress uniform can be worn.

Yeoman Warders is a unit of the “Yeomen of the Guard” and has been part of the Royal Bodyguard’s formation since at least 1509. 

They can be traced back to Edward IV’s reign (1461-83) 

There were currently 37 Yeoman Warders, and one Chief Warder. Their role was primarily ceremonial, greeting and guiding guests. 

Each night, Yeomen Warders take part in the Ceremony Of The Keys – an ancient ritual that occurs when the main gates close for the night. This is the oldest known military ceremony in existence.

Moira Cameraon was the first female Yeoman Warder of the institution’s history.  

Rejected are plans for a skyscraper that would be taller than Tower of London

  • The proposed skyscraper would be the second-tallest in Western Europe.
  • The Tulip attracted an estimated 1.2 million people per year. 
  • A viewing platform would have been included in the building, as well as rotating pods.

The plans for a skyscraper to tower over the Tower of London, which is just half a mile from here, were rejected.

The Tulip development was proposed and would be the tallest in Western Europe, after The Shard in London. It stands 305.3m high.

Historic England stated that the World Heritage Site would be overshadowed by the new building with its viewing platform and rotating pods, as well as a skybar.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, opposed its construction. The Tower of London is pictured above

Sadiq Khan (London’s mayor) opposed the construction of it. Above is the Tower of London

On Thursday, Michael Gove, Secretary-General for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, rejected the application.

Sadiq Khan was opposed to the construction of The Tulip, which it was predicted would attract 1.2 Million visitors annually.

According to a spokesperson for the mayor, the Secretary of State has denied the Mayor’s appeal. The secretary agreed that the Tulip Tower is not suitable for London and that London’s Skyline would suffer from its construction.

‘Sadiq argued for years that the proposed tower was nothing more than a concrete shaft with a viewing room at its top. It offers very little in the way of benefits for Londoners and has no office space nor housing.

Foster + Partners and Brazil’s J Safra Group rejected the application. The Tulip was supposed to be next to Gherkin in London City. It was envisioned as a “hub for culture and business”

The proposed development, dubbed The Tulip, would have been the second tallest building in western Europe after the Shard, also in London, standing 305.3 metres high

The Tulip development was proposed and would be the tallest in Western Europe, after The Shard in London. It stands 305.3m high.

Duncan Wilson is the chief executive of Historic England.

We have been adamant that we believe the Tulip, which is visible from certain viewpoints at the Tower from which it stands, would make the visit to this iconic site unpleasant and distract from the enjoyment of millions of Londoners as well as tourists.

“It also concerns the Tower of London’s extraordinary status as a World Heritage Site. Therefore, the plans were not in line with local or national planning guidelines.

“We appreciate this outcome which will help protect one the great historical monuments of the world, that has served as a stage for all our history for more than 900 year.”