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The most famous Constable of the Tower of London was Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, who served from 1825 to 1852. During his tenure, the royal menagerie and record office was removed and many buildings were restored to their medieval state. The moat was drained and converted into a parade ground. Yeomen Warders were no longer permitted to buy and sell their places but were to be drawn only from Sergeants in the Army. Much to His Grace's displeasure, tourism at the Tower increased during his Constableship. The Lord Mayor Elect was Matthew Prime Lucas, Alderman of the Ward of the Tower. He had made this request, which the Duke echoes in his letter "without prejudice to any future claim". The stairs were at the eastern extremity of the Ward that Lucas represented. He needed to ask permission of the Constable because those Stairs were within the Liberty of the Tower, which is Without the City of London.
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