History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Naze Tower was built with a beacon on top to serve as an early form of lighthouse. Tudor maps show that there was a tower of some sort on the Naze, so the 18th century tower almost certainly replaced a tower that had existed since at least the 15th century.
Throughout its existence the tower has undergone several changes of use; it was a teahouse in the 18th century, and it served as lookout post durung the Napoleonic Wars and again in WWI. During the Second World War a radar station was established here. The crenellated top of the tower had to be removed to make room for the radar dish. It has been privately owned since 1986 and open to the public since 2004.
There is also a gallery arranged over 6 floors of the tower, selling inexpensive works by local artists. The art is inspired by the East Anglian landscape, and in many cases by the Naze itself. The exhibition changes three times a year. On the ground floor is a small shop selling souvenirs, and there are picnic tables near the base of the tower.
There is a small admission charge, which helps pay for operation and preservation of the tower.
The tower is listed Grade II*, which means it is the only building of its type and time period in the country.
The name 'naze' derives from the Old English term 'naes', meaning a promontory, or, more simply, a nose. To the north of the tower is a nature reserve, with walking trails, and the area is known as a good place to find fossils. Among other ancient relics that have turned up along the shore are fossilised wood, shells, and shark teeth. There are two distinct SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) on the Naze; Hamford Waters, with its natural bird and wildlife habitat, and the Naze Cliffs, with its rich fossl deposits. The area will be familiar to readers of Arthur Ransome's popular children's story 'Secret Water'.
- The tower is 86 feet high
- There are 111 steps to the viewing platform
- There are 8 separate floors within the tower
- It was built iin 1720
- The tower stands 50 metres from the cliff edge
- Grade II* listed for historic interest
About Naze Tower
Address: Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, England, CO14 8LE
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: At the end of Naze Park Road, very well signposted from major roads around Walton-on-the-Naze. Paid parking directly beside the tower.
Website: Naze Tower
Phone: 01255 852519
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Harwich Maritime Museum - 5 miles (Museum)
Felixstowe Museum - 5.3 miles (Museum)
Harwich Redoubt Fort - 5.4 miles (Historic Building)
Landguard Fort - 5.4 miles (Historic Building)
St Osyth, St Peter & St Paul - 10.1 miles (Historic Church)
Mistley Towers - 10.6 miles (Historic Building)
Little Bromley, St Mary's Church - 10.8 miles (Historic Church)
Bawdsey, St Mary the Virgin Church - 11.5 miles (Historic Church)
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