Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

MARTELLO TOWERS (SOUTH)


Tower 3 (Folkestone)
Photo Charles Taylor

Originally 103 towers were built between 1805 and 1812 to resist a potential invasion by Napoleon. They were built of brick, 13 foot thick on the seaward side, stood about 30 foot high and were equipped with a cannon on the roof. 74 were built along the Kent and Sussex coastlines from Folkstone to Seaford between 1805 and 1808, the other 29 to protect Essex and Suffolk.

45 of the towers still remain, but many are in ruins or have been converted, so only 9 remain in their original condition. Two supporting forts were built on the south coast at Dymchurch and Eastbourne.

The tower at Dymchurch (No. 24) has been fully restored and is now a museum.


Folkestone to Sandgate towers (1 to 8).

Martello Tower 1 photo Charles Taylor Martello Tower 2 photo Janine Owen Martello Tower 3 photo Charles Taylor Martello Tower 8 photo Ian Giles

 

Sandgate to Hythe towers (10 to 15).

Sandgate Castle Martello photo Charles Taylor Martello Tower 13 photo Charles Taylor Martello Tower 14 photo Paul Devall Martello Tower 15 photo Ian Giles

 

Hythe to Dymchurch towers (19 to 24).

Martello Tower 19 photo Ian Giles Martello Tower 23 photo Charles Taylor Martello Tower 24 photo Charles Taylor Military Canal photo Charles Taylor

 

Dymchurch towers (25).

Dymchurch Redoubt photo Charles Taylor Dymchurch Redoubt photo Charles Taylor Dymchurch Redoubt photo Charles Taylor Martello Tower 25 photo Charles Taylor

 

Rye to Pevensey towers (28 to 55).

Martello Tower 28 photo Charles Taylor Martello Tower 28 photo Charles Taylor Martello Tower 30 photo Charles Taylor Martello Tower 55 photo Ian Giles

 

Pevensey towers (60 to 64).

Martello Tower 60 photo Charles Taylor Martello Tower 61 photo Ian Giles Martello Tower 62 photo Charles Taylor Martello Tower 64 photo Charles Taylor

 

Eastbourne towers (73 to 74).

Martello Tower 1 photo Ian Giles Martello Tower 1 photo Ian Giles

Martello Location Description
Martello No. 1 Folkestone Being converted to a house (2003)
Martello No. 2 Folkestone Converted to a house, best seen from the top of No3. Now a holiday letting.
Martello No. 3 Folkestone Now used as a Visitor Centre
Martello No. 4 Folkestone Private, unused and overgrown
Martello No. 5 Sandgate Private, in school grounds
Martello No. 6 Sandgate Private, unused and overgrown
Martello No. 7 Sandgate Private, unused and overgrown
Sandgate Martello Sandgate Inside Sandgate Castle
Martello No. 8 Sandgate Converted to a house
Martello No. 9 Hythe Private, unused and overgrown
Martello No. 13 Hythe Converted to a house
Martello No. 14 Hythe Private, being restored
Martello No. 15 Hythe Private
Martello No. 19 Hythe Private
Dymchurch Redoubt Dymchurch Built 1806, on army firing range
Martello No. 23 Dymchurch Converted to a house
Martello No. 24 Dymchurch Open April - October, English Heritage
Martello No. 25 Dymchurch Unused
Military Canal Hythe to Rye Canal 30 foot wide and 28 miles in length along the boundary of Romney Marsh. Still in good condition.
Martello No. 28 Rye Unused and rather overgrown, near the harbour.
Martello No. 30 Rye Unused, overgrown in a back garden. Private.
Martello No. 55 Pevensey Under restoration 2008
Martello No. 60 Pevensey Converted to a house
Martello No. 61 Pevensey Unused
Martello No. 62 Pevensey Converted to a house
Martello No. 64 Pevensey Unused
Martello No. 66 Eastbourne Unused
Martello No. 73 Eastbourne Open to public
Martello No. 74 Seaford Open to public

 
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