Monday, 8 February 2010

Martello towers

14-55 hrs: this is the only picture I have (
at Shingle Street) because I keep forgetting to take portraits of them.

Along this coast these stunning, round towers were built between 1804 and 1812 to keep the French at bay. They are spaced out from Aldborough to Sussex and anyone walking or sailing here will see them so often that they are taken for granted. They were built with solid brick walls about three feet thick - the brick coming from London by barge. There are Martello towers world-wide, from Sierra Leone to Canada to Australia.
More - and a map.

Driech weather with snow today in contrast with Saturday.

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