Oxted & District History Society - Talk
Oxted & District History Society

Bob Evans gave an illustrated talk on ‘Martello Towers’.  Based on the French ‘Martella Tower’ in Corsica, which was successfully defended against the British Navy, the design was adopted by the British.  The panic induced by Napoleon’s invasion threat led to the construction of over 100 Martello towers to defend the south and east coast.  After 1815, the towers were maintained as a deterrent and used for training and signaling in both World Wars.  They were sturdily built with 4 stories, a large gun, living quarters, powder and supply stores, food store and water tank.  Those that have survived have been converted to a number of other uses.  The meeting was followed by the Society’s end of Season party.


Martello Towers by Bob Evans