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The Naze Tower, Walton-on-the-Naze

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The Hanoverian tower, more commonly known as the Naze Tower, is situated at the start of the open area of the Naze. It was a navigational tower, constructed to assist ships on this otherwise fairly feature-less coast. Visitors can climb the 111-step spiral staircase to the top of the 86ft tower for a 360 degree view of the beach and countryside. The Naze Tower features a museum with exhibits about the tower, the ecology and geology of the Naze, and the coastal erosion problem. The tower also features a private art gallery on six floors with changing exhibits several times a year, and a tea room. The tower is privately owned.
The present tower was built in 1720–21 by Trinity House, and was intended to work in conjunction with Walton Hall Tower to guide vessels through the Goldmer Gap. Towers at Naze and at Walton Hall are marked on a map of 1673 by Richard Blome, which in turn was based on a maps drawn up in the late 1500s. The present Naze Tower therefore replaced an earlier construction at a similar location. It was of particular benefit to ships using the nearby port of Harwich. Both the current Naze Tower and its predecessor had beacons or lamps lit at the top, providing an early form of lighthouse.
Over the years, the tower has had a variety of uses. In the eighteenth century it was a tea house, operated by the actress and aristocrats' mistress, Martha Raey. It was a lookout during the Napoleonic Wars and again during the Great War of 1914–18. In the Second World War it was used as a radar station, with its crenellations removed to accommodate a radar dish.
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  • A gem on the coast, went there on May Day Bank Holiday. Parked in the adjacent car park (Naze Car Park) which is £5 for the day. You walk straight down to the beach and you can walk all the way down....  more
    A gem on the coast, went there on May Day Bank Holiday. Parked in the adjacent car park (Naze Car Park) which is £5 for the day. You walk straight down to the beach and you can walk all the way down....  more »
  • A nice fairly cheap tower (£10 for a family). It doesn't take long but great views from the top & each floor has some interesting art work from local artists that you can buy. There is also a small... 
    A nice fairly cheap tower (£10 for a family). It doesn't take long but great views from the top & each floor has some interesting art work from local artists that you can buy. There is also a small...  more »
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  • A great place to visit if your in the are. Massive car parking and nice place to have a meal and cup of tea/coffee. Great views from the Naze tower
  • Pleasantly surprised by the view from 8 storey's up. Art exhibition as you go up along with history of use. 20-25 miles views possible. Would love to abseil down one day.

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