1. Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections plus a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. Creating an account removes some ads, allows you to post replies, start new topics and threads, and gives you access to more features including bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Martello tower, Alderton - July 2011

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Vii Sins, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Vii Sins

    Vii Sins 28DL Full Member
    28DL Full Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2011
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    1
    This tower is situated on the Suffolk coast between Shingle St and the World War Two gun battery at East Lane, Bawdsey. Originally there were 29 towers built along the East coast in the early 1800s (74 having been previously built along the South coast) to ward off the threat of an invasion by Napoleon. Towers in this chain were identified by letter, A-Z, then AA-CC, those on the South coast by number.
    Here is tower Z, now standing derelict, though others close by have been converted into homes.

    TowerZ6.jpg

    The doors to martello towers are always on the first floor, leading in to what would have been the living quarters. Anyone following our footsteps, careful how you tread. The original oak floor is very rotten and it is about a 15ft drop to the ground floor below.
    P1000273.jpg

    P1000275.jpg

    Even the boards that someone has thoughtfully provided for support are starting to rot and in places give alarmingly underfoot.
    P1000359.jpg

    The original trap down to the ground floor, which would have been reached by a long gone ladder. There is still a metal ring in the ceiling directly above the trap that would have allowed items to be lowered into the stores.
    P1000336.jpg

    P1000358.jpg

    A bit of a blurry hand through a hole in the floor job, gives an impression of the ground floor which would have housed the artillery magazine and stores, including a water tank.
    P1000345.jpg

    The doors always face inland.
    P1000357.jpg

    P1000355.jpg

    There are two stairways from the first floor emerging at either side of the gun platform on the rear of the roof. They are built into the walls which are between 12 & 15ft thick, being most dense on the seaward side.
    P1000283.jpg

    P1000280.jpg

    P1000330.jpg

    P1000304.jpg

    Window.
    P1000331.jpg

    On the roof there are positions for 3 guns which were mounted on these pivots.
    P1000322.jpg

    P1000293.jpg

    This tower had an additional concrete pillbox/lookout post built onto it in the second world war.
    P1000287.jpg

    P1000310.jpg

    P1000311.jpg

    Machine gun mount.
    P1000292.jpg

    It was a real joy to visit this tower. On the roof, on a perfect summers day, it was just a fantastically peaceful place to be.
     

    Remove this ad by donating or subscribing.

Draft saved Draft deleted
Loading...

Users Who Have Read This Thread (Total: 0)

Share This Page

Remove this ad by creating an account and logging in