Jaywick Martello Tower

Jaywick Martello Tower รีวิว, Clacton-on-Sea

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509LoR
ลอนดอน, UK28 ผลงาน
ก.ค. ค.ศ. 2021
Really interesting, plus lovely people answering any questions you have, and a little window onto the history of the area. Plus lovely views from the top of the tower. Only a pound, and well worth the visit.
เขียนเมื่อ 9 สิงหาคม ค.ศ. 2021
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dollyrocks
ลอนดอน, UK8 ผลงาน
ต.ค. ค.ศ. 2020
We had such a great visit here yesterday - we'd come out to Jaywick to walk on the beach for a bit and get out of the house (we live near Colchester) and were delighted to see the tower was open. We didn't have any cash on us (they ask for a £1 suggested donation) and we did try to give a donation via their card reader but they couldn't get it to work. We'll return with cash to give a proper donation! The person on the door was really lovely anyway and said it was only a suggested donation and not to worry. Really enjoyed the historic display downstairs, loved the artwork upstairs (and another very friendly man explaining the work and the one-way system to make sure we all socially distanced etc). We loved going onto the roof of the tower and looking out over the cannon, imagining what it must have been like waiting for ships to come over the horizon. Nine-year-old daughter really enjoyed the whole experience and so did we. We particularly liked the circular poem engraved around the edge of the path round the building.
เขียนเมื่อ 19 ตุลาคม ค.ศ. 2020
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Keely E
norfolk80 ผลงาน
ก.ย. ค.ศ. 2020 • ครอบครัว
So pleased it’s been opened! As a kid I spent every summer looking through the keyhole trying to find out what was inside! When I found out it had been opened we drove from Norwich to see it. The staff were so friendly and nice. My childhood goal finally realised! Thank you so much.
เขียนเมื่อ 20 กันยายน ค.ศ. 2020
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Peter S
โรม, อิตาลี3,460 ผลงาน
ก.ย. ค.ศ. 2019
Jaywick Martello Tower, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

We had the morning available to explore a couple of Martello Towers to the south of Clacton-on-Sea that gorgeous mid-September day, and were surprised to find Holiday Land so empty until you remember that the schools had opened last week and all the families had gone. The flat country and the winding road took us through spawling holiday parks behind raised sea bunds and wide, shallow beaches. There were neither people on the beaches nor in the sea.
We started with the first tower over-looking the Colne and Mersey Island, before making our way to the tower at Jaywick and then on to Clacton for lunch. The first of the towers housed an aviation museum crammed with aircraft and war stories and the second was open, light and spacious; where better to exhibit paintings or to hold that special family or community function.
The Martello Tower at Jaywick has become an art/heritage centre. So, recycled fortresses, respectively, to museum and art gallery; quite a contrast. And likely to outlast most of the modern structures in the neighbourhood (as long as those sea bunds hold).
Jaywick Tower stands alone in a patch of open grassland up against the sea bund. Inland there is an extensive park of trailer-style holiday homes – modern, pastel colours, grey rooves, stacked one next to the other without gardens. How many? More than 100 certainly? Again, the place was quiet with few people and little traffic that morning.
Jaywick Tower is white – cement rendered externally and whitewashed inside. Stand-alone, neutral ambient colour, emptiness and purpose/use gave an impression of size – Jaywick seemed to be the larger of the two towers. Of course, it was not – they were much the same design including an additional doorway at ground level; no good for defence, but much more convenient than the original door/ladder. The modern entrance faced the sea bund and the sea. The original door was around the other side providing entrance to the first floor. Below the stairs is where you find the lavatory.
There’s an entry fee of one pound/person – good value too; we had the place pretty much to ourselves, space in which to enjoy the pictures on the walls, to explore the layout of the tower and to lean out over the shallow wall around what was once the gun platform on the roof deck. There was that sense of timeliness about the place, the friendly woman to whom we paid our entrance fee then left us to ourselves, the high arches of the interior room(s), the narrow stairway from the first floor to the roof/deck; the subterranean feel – snug, compact. For a first-time visitor then, there is this novel and original 200-year old military building and, from 2005, it became an art gallery. What was the history of the place during the intervening years?
So, two sectors to explore: fortress and gallery/community spaces.
Start with the gallery, which was on the first floor and run by Essex County Council. Here pictures were hung around the wall in the single open circular space – one room effectively – including the central pillar and the alcoves that led to small windows set into the wall. This was originally where the military garrison of 25-30 soldiers lived. The pictures in acrylic, oil and watercolour were priced for sale.
The ground floor introduced the local communities, their projects and use of the tower – one alcove provided a place in which sit and browse the stories of local writers. Wall boards describe the origin of the Martello Tower design, Jaywick Tower and the military unit that was based there. There was a wall board describing the restoration of the tower (and a picture of it covered in scaffolding). A life-size mannequin dressed in the bright red uniform of the day was propped up in one corner surrounded by notice boards and posters promoting all kinds of activities. Soldiers in red uniforms … imagine.
Then there is the tower … a small defence fort based on an original design from the mid-16th century and the Genoa Republic (an independent city-state in NW Italy). The original Genoese tower was built in Corsica to counter attacks from North African pirates. During the British blockade of Southern France in the period before the Napoleonic Wars, however, the tower successfully defended itself against a couple of British warships but was later captured with a landing party.
The performance and design of the tower had so impressed the British that they adopted the design and, eventually, built an estimated 165 Martello Towers to defend the home islands, and another 140 in defence of empire worldwide during the early 19th century; there is even one in Australia.
Simplicity is all – circular structure 12 m high with walls 2.5 m thick. Single flight steps entry 3 m above ground; two inside levels – living quarters above stores and, an open roof offering 360deg clear fire from one or more rotating cannons. Simple and formidable design.
Climb the tower, run your hands over the brickwork when on the stairs, lean on the roof parapet and look out over the land below and the distant sea. Appreciate that original heritage of naval military design and, equally, the phenomenal changes in warfare practices/structures/hardware of the past 200 years. Appreciate too, the fine quality and excellent condition of the Jaywick Tower.
Climb the bund outside, walk a couple hundred metres in both directions and see the tower in context; out to sea little will have changed, but inland the holiday homes, the Friesian dairy cows in the fields behind them and the wind turbines in the distance show the impact of the generations that have followed – modern Essex.

Peter Steele
30 June 2020
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Thank you so much for your fantastic review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and took the time to share your thoughts. We hope to see you again.
เขียนเมื่อ 23 สิงหาคม ค.ศ. 2020
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Tash S
3 ผลงาน
ต.ค. ค.ศ. 2019
Time to take yourself back history, Martello tower open throughout the year, lots of information within the tower
เขียนเมื่อ 28 ตุลาคม ค.ศ. 2019
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slimboy2016
ลอนดอน, UK364 ผลงาน
ก.ย. ค.ศ. 2019
So glad we found this tower.
Very interesting and only £1 to get in. Particularly enjoyed listening to some of the audio CDs and the views from the top.
Staff could not be more helpful.
เขียนเมื่อ 7 กันยายน ค.ศ. 2019
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Anita K
Clacton-on-Sea, UK21 ผลงาน
มิ.ย. ค.ศ. 2019
I loved visiting this Tower - so much history attached to it. It's absolutely wonderful that they really make use of it for the local community of artists and many other clubs and associations too. A real gem to visit in Jaywick.
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Eleanor C
8 ผลงาน
ส.ค. ค.ศ. 2019
This is a great place to go whilst your in the area.I highly recommend it !this place is a great bit of history .This place includes pieces from local artist and there beautiful work.this is a great budget trip as its £1 per adult to go toward the upkeep of the bodybuilding one of the best things in jaywick!
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robbycox
Welwyn Garden City, UK1,184 ผลงาน
ส.ค. ค.ศ. 2019
A nice little gem and one that deserves to be seen, there's is after all precious little to do or see in Jaywick so to find out about this tower and visit it was more than a pleasant surprise.
The young lad taking the money was polite and friendly and knew quite a bit about the tower, apart from a photography group on the second floor we were the only people to visit in the hour or so we were there, some fascinating history to the tower and some great views from the newly constructed platform added to the top of it. On the second level there was some great history to the tower and costumes to try on for both adults and kids (which my kids enjoyed quite a lot) then climbing the steep (ish) spiral stone steps to the top level with the platform on we were thrilled to see some lovely views of the surrounding area and could see a long way out to sea.
The highlight of our visit to jaywick indeed. I've included some photos we took whilst we were there to give a better impression of this amazing tower.
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Mick A
Birstall, UK15 ผลงาน
ก.ค. ค.ศ. 2019
Whilst staying at Martello Beach, we spent a few days on the beach (nothing to write home about) but the tower was great. My little one loved the 1950's theme upstairs, able to go onto the roof and look out into the sea. Loads of historical content about the tower and area. Well worth a visit
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