Monument record FEX 076 - Martello Tower Q (PMed)

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Summary

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

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 2992 3426 (78m by 68m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM23SE
Civil Parish FELIXSTOWE, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK

Map

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 Unpublished document: Millward J. 2007.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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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jul 17 2012 3:17PM

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