Intake Martello Tower

Map Reference: O208300 (3208, 2300)

Martello towers date from the early 19th century and were erected all around the coast of Ireland and southern England. They were intended to be used for defence against invasion by Napoleonic forces. There is no evidence that any of them were ever used. They usually take the form of a truncated cone with a vertical parapet encircling the roof. This is interrupted by a machicolation which defends the first floor doorway. This tower differs in that the parapet is carried on corbels and is uninterrupted. The original doorway is on the west side and is now blocked. It has been replaced by a modern opening on the south side at ground level.

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