History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The tower was originally part of the Appley House estate, owned by the Hutt family and later by Sir Hedworth Williamson. The House is now gone, but the castellated tower remains, at the eastern end of the Esplanade in Ryde.
The tower was built as a garden folly about 1875. It is circular in plan, with a turret and decorative oriel window, and on the wall is a plaque with the Appley coat of arms. The Tower is constructed of coursed rubble, dressed with ashlar. Over the years it has become one of the most iconic of Wight buildings, and a symbol of Ryde.
Beside the tower is a memorial to the HMS Sirius, which acted as an escort vessel for the first fleet from England to sail to Australia in 1787. The Sirius later undertook a voyage to South Africa to find food to protect the New South Wales colony from starvation. The plaque was erected here in 1991 by the people of Mosman, Australia, near the place where the Sirius first set sail.
About Appley Tower
Address: World Tree Shore Bee and Wyrdstone Workings, Appley Park, Ryde, Isle of Wight, England, PO33 1QX
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: At the south end of Esplanade. Several paid parking lots nearby. Seasonal opening.
Photo Credit: Rob Farrow, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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