Dymchurch Martello Tower, High Street, Dymchurch, Kent

Dymchurch Martello Tower, High Street, Dymchurch, Kent
Photograph taken 01 September 1992 © Skyscan Balloon Photography ref: M931181

Martello tower number 24 was built in 1805-6 as part of the coastal defence system established against the threat of an invasion from Napoleonic France. The gun platform on the roof was armed with a 24 pounder cast iron gun. It could be turned through 360 degrees, was manned by between 10 and 14 men and had a firing range of one mile. The first floor is divided into three rooms by wooden partitions and provided accommodation for the garrison of 24 men and one officer. The brick-lined basement was used to store ammunition and supplies and cisterns were dug into the floor to provide additional sources of water. A total of 103 Martello towers were built in south-east England between 1805 and 1812. Tower 24 was built in association with Tower 25 as part of a chain of 21 towers guarding the coastline of Romney Marsh, and specifically the Marshland Sluice; the main drain of Romney Marsh. It was used as a coastguard station and look-out tower in the late 19th to 20th centuries. In 1959-69 it was restored by the Ministry of Works and opened to visitors. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2011). Read detailed archaeological description.

Location

Kent Dymchurch

Period

Georgian (1714 - 1836)

Tags

english heritage tower fort artillery attack defence invasion french