Layer Marney Tower, Colchester. Hand Picked Places to Visit in Essex, England
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Layer Marney Tower

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Built around 1520. Layer Marney Tower, 6 miles south of Colchester off the B1022 Maldon Road, is the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in England. The building is principally the creation of Henry, the first Lord Marney, a close friend of Henry VIII. Lord Marney died in 1523, and his son, John, continued the building work but died just two years later, leaving no male heirs to continue the family line or the construction. The buildings suffered considerable damage from the Great Colchester Earthquake of 1884, being close to the epicentre in nearby Peldon. The house came to the Charrington family in the mid 20th century and has been occupied by the Charrington family ever since. Today it is a family residence, conference centre, wedding venue and visitor atttraction. The 80ft tower is well worth the climb for the spectacular view of the Essex countryside it offers. Available hire for functions. Minimum group size of 25. Coach parking available. Tearoom seats 34. Toilets and limited access for people with disabilities.

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