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Martello Tower

A Grade II Listed Building in Pevensey Bay, East Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8107 / 50°48'38"N

Longitude: 0.3485 / 0°20'54"E

OS Eastings: 565556

OS Northings: 103862

OS Grid: TQ655038

Mapcode National: GBR NW8.4Y1

Mapcode Global: FRA C6MY.FMM

Entry Name: Martello Tower

Listing Date: 31 October 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1243643

English Heritage Legacy ID: 447764

Location: Pevensey, Wealden, East Sussex, BN24

County: East Sussex

District: Wealden

Civil Parish: Pevensey

Built-Up Area: Pevensey Bay

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Pevensey St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Listing Text

PEVENSEY LEYLAND ROAD
TQ 60 SE
(west side),
Pevensey Bay
26/260
Martello Tower

II


Martello tower, now house. 1806, converted c.1985. Yellowish brick, with C20
concrete render scored as ashlar; roof not visible. 3 storeys; circular on
plan, tapering. Brick plinth. 2 inserted C20 windows at front (to ground and
1st floors); on right, C20 brick and stone steps up to 1st-floor door. Stone
coping. Recessed circular C20 2nd floor, having continuous window and flat
roof. Interior: ground floor, formerly the magazine, has central brick pier,
encased and large stone corbels which supported the original 1st floor; within
the wall thickness a barrel-vaulted powder room, with segmental-arched recess.
1st floor: originally partitioned into 2 rooms (for officers and men) each with
fireplace; central brick pier supports domed vault; ring in vault above former
trap-door through which supplies could be hoisted up from the magazine. Stone
stair within wall thickness up to 2nd floor, which was formerly unroofed and has
blocked gun posts and iron rings set in stone blocks (to which guns were tied).
This tower was part of the Napoleonic south coast defence system. The walls are
extremely thick, being of solid brick approximately 5 metres thick on the sea-
ward side and half that thickness on the landward side.


Listing NGR: TQ6555603862

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Description

PEVENSEY LEYLAND ROAD
TQ 60 SE
(west side),
Pevensey Bay
26/260
Martello Tower

II


Martello tower, now house. 1806, converted c.1985. Yellowish brick, with C20
concrete render scored as ashlar; roof not visible. 3 storeys; circular on
plan, tapering. Brick plinth. 2 inserted C20 windows at front (to ground and
1st floors); on right, C20 brick and stone steps up to 1st-floor door. Stone
coping. Recessed circular C20 2nd floor, having continuous window and flat
roof. Interior: ground floor, formerly the magazine, has central brick pier,
encased and large stone corbels which supported the original 1st floor; within
the wall thickness a barrel-vaulted powder room, with segmental-arched recess.
1st floor: originally partitioned into 2 rooms (for officers and men) each with
fireplace; central brick pier supports domed vault; ring in vault above former
trap-door through which supplies could be hoisted up from the magazine. Stone
stair within wall thickness up to 2nd floor, which was formerly unroofed and has
blocked gun posts and iron rings set in stone blocks (to which guns were tied).
This tower was part of the Napoleonic south coast defence system. The walls are
extremely thick, being of solid brick approximately 5 metres thick on the sea-
ward side and half that thickness on the landward side.


Listing NGR: TQ6555603862

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