Monument record FEX 076 - Martello Tower Q (PMed)

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`Martello Tower Q' & `Battery' to S, shown on 1st edition OS map (S1).


Grid reference Centred TM 2992 3426 (78m by 68m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM23SE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Built 1810-1812.
`Martello Tower Q' & `Battery' to S, shown on 1st edition OS map (S1).
Appears to survive relatively intact within modern estate 1:10,000 map (S2).
Series of photographs (of 1878-1880) of battery in archive (T/Arc/Archive field proj/Felixstowe).
The following description is from a early 19th century plan of Tower and Battery Q. There is sunk in raised area of ground. Iron bridge links the tower to the surrounding land. Around the tower a ditch has been dug to provide more security. The triangular battery facing the sea looks secure and gives a good view towards the sea. On the left side of the triangle a magazine can be found, on the right a guard room.
From a picture taken in 1887 we can see cannons (S3) on the Martello Tower, a fence encloses the tower.
From pictures taken in 1883 (S4) and 1885 (S5) we can see some military men dismantling the guns. Tthe wall of the battery starts to look a little damaged.
(S3) (S4) (S5) SCC Database file, T/arc/Colin/martellos
During the Second World War the tower was used as the control tower for the Harwich Gun Defended Area, and as such co-ordinated the Anti-Aircraft fire over the destroyer base (S3)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> (No record type): OS, 1 inch map (1st ed), sheet 64, 1838.
  • <M1> (No record type): APs: RAF 1953, 58/1007 nos 0082-0085.
  • <S2> (No record type): OS, 1:10000 map, TM 23 SE, 1972.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Millward J. 2007. An Assessment of the East Coast Martello Towers.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jul 17 2012 3:17PM

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