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Folkstone Martello Tower to be repaired

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » October 31st, 2015, 3:48 pm

A project to restore a defensive fort dating back to the Napoleonic era has received £50,000 from the WREN’s FCC Heritage Fund. http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/funding_boos ... _1_4257219

Faulty cement render will be replaced and a leaking roof willl be repaired. Tower P is one of four Martello Towers on the Felixstowe coast and one of 140 built around Britain as small defensive forts during the Napoleonic wars at the start of the 19th century.

Once complete, building owner Suffolk Coastal District Council plans to open up the tower for members of the public to learn more about its heritage. Tower P is a well-known landmark on the coastline.

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Re: Folkstone Martello Tower to be repaired

Postby Mark » November 2nd, 2015, 3:43 pm

Thanks, Sarah! Good to see such an important structure being conserved for generations to come. I will certainly make the effort to visit once the repair work is complete.

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Re: Folkstone Martello Tower to be repaired

Postby TheBibliophile » November 2nd, 2015, 8:14 pm

Ive just completed a year long study of the south coast towers in order to give a lecture onboard HMS Trincomalee (last week).
Also got a chance to see the Loophole and Martellos on Jersey, and had a little trip to Malta to see the Lascaris/De Redin and Wignacourt towers there.

I Start planning next years activity now!

Toulon and Corsica on the list so far.
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Re: Folkstone Martello Tower to be repaired

Postby Mark » November 3rd, 2015, 10:47 am

TheBibliophile wrote:Ive just completed a year long study of the south coast towers in order to give a lecture onboard HMS Trincomalee (last week).
Also got a chance to see the Loophole and Martellos on Jersey, and had a little trip to Malta to see the Lascaris/De Redin and Wignacourt towers there.

I Start planning next years activity now!

Toulon and Corsica on the list so far.


I was in Malta just over a week ago, there are some fantastic Napoleonic related sights on the islands.

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Re: Folkstone Martello Tower to be repaired

Postby TheBibliophile » November 3rd, 2015, 4:41 pm

Mark wrote:
TheBibliophile wrote:Ive just completed a year long study of the south coast towers in order to give a lecture onboard HMS Trincomalee (last week).
Also got a chance to see the Loophole and Martellos on Jersey, and had a little trip to Malta to see the Lascaris/De Redin and Wignacourt towers there.

I Start planning next years activity now!

Toulon and Corsica on the list so far.


I was in Malta just over a week ago, there are some fantastic Napoleonic related sights on the islands.

Mark


I was in sliema start of September. Still 38 degrees :(
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Re: Folkstone Martello Tower to be repaired

Postby Crimea1854 » November 3rd, 2015, 7:46 pm

According to my wife, following a recent trip to Clacton, there is a Martello Tower there currently for sale. As an aside while in the Caribbean I took the opportunity to visit the Martello Tower on Barbuda, and on the same holiday passed HMS Diamond Rock, a site I'd always wanted to see.

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Re: Folkstone Martello Tower to be repaired

Postby TheBibliophile » November 7th, 2015, 6:56 pm

Those interested might like to know, there were 74 towers built on the South coast between Folkestone and Eastbourne. They were numbered. NO1 is at Folkstone, NO74 is at seaford, east Sussex . There were a further 29 built on the east coast, these were lettered A to Z, then AA, AB, etc, from around clacton upwards.
Ive visited most of the survivors on the south coast.
Towers were built on the south coast between 1803 and 1810. East coast tower construction began around 1808. All to the same design, except aldburgh, on east coast.
Others were built in Ireland (about 50) and on jersey and guernsey.
2 were built in Orkney around 1812.
Earlier, loophole towers dating from 1778 can also be seen in channel islands.
I have masses of photos if people are interested.
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Re: Folkstone Martello Tower to be repaired

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » November 7th, 2015, 7:23 pm

I'd like very much to see a picture of a loophole tower. How does it compare to a Martello tower, with which I am familiar. But a picture of one of those for comparison might be helpful.

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Re: Folkstone Martello Tower to be repaired

Postby TheBibliophile » November 7th, 2015, 8:02 pm

Remind me how big photos need to be and I'll post a few.
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Re: Folkstone Martello Tower to be repaired

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » November 7th, 2015, 9:01 pm

This thread dates back to 2012 but might be some help. You contributed to it!
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Also, you can see on viewtopic.php?f=3&t=401 if the photo you attach is bigger than the 700x700 limit the image is resized to fit the forum template style. However, when a viewer clicks on it, the image will resize to its original format. The only limit is the 512kb file size restriction which is in place to ensure pages do not take too long to load.

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