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a life in architecture jack charlton

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Former football player and manager Jack Charlton OBE, now a pundit on TV and radio, says his favourite building is the Tower of London. 'I spent a lot of time there when I worked for ITV and had some good friends among the Yeomen of the Guard, who told me all about its history.'

In its time, the Tower has been, variously, a fort, a palace, a prison, an armoury, a mint, an observatory and a menagerie.

Pevsner thought that the Chapel of St John in the White Tower was 'one of the most impressive pieces of early Norman architecture in England'. Today, the Tower houses the Crown Jewels and is among the most popular tourist attractions in the capital.

The ideal way to approach the Tower is by boat along the Thames, although throughout history this route has association with imprisonment and execution.

Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, was one of the most famous prisoners there.

Charlton's second favourite building - not surprisingly - is Wembley Stadium (pictured). 'Lots of memories there, 'he says.

Football fans worldwide must share some of them. He played in defence for Leeds from 1952-73;

was capped by England 35 times;

and has been associated at different times with Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United and the Republic of Ireland. Most famously, he was in the England team in 1966, when it beat Germany to win the World Cup final.

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