Jaywick: Cannon to mark Martello Tower’s 200th birthday

A REPLICA cannon has been installed at Jaywick’s Martello Tower – the finale to the historic building’s bicentenary celebrations.

The 24-pound fibreglass cannon was financed through a �49,600 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which was obtained to toast the Essex tower’s 200-year anniversary.

Councillor Jeremy Lucas, cabinet member for culture at Essex County Council, said: “The Martello Tower is a beacon to the coastal village of Jaywick and is well enjoyed among the local and wider community.

“The installation of the replica cannon to celebrate the bicentenary, and all the history that this encompasses, is a spectacular addition to the exterior of the tower.” The tower, built in 1809, was one of 103 installed around the country to defend against the threat of invasion by Napoleon. In 2005 the tower was converted into an arts venue.

“Martello” is said to derive from a military sea defence tower at Mortella Point, Corsica, which the British Navy captured in 1794. They were so impressed with the tower’s strength they copied its measurements to use around Britain.

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