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Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney

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Layer Marney Tower is a Tudor palace, composed of buildings, gardens and parkland, dating from 1520 situated in Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, England.HistoryConstructed in the first half of the reign of Henry VIII, Layer Marney Tower is in many ways the apotheosis of the Tudor gatehouse, and is the tallest example in Britain. It is contemporaneous with East Barsham Manor and Sutton Place, Surrey, with which latter building it shares the rare combination of brick and terracotta construction. The building is principally the creation of Henry 1st Lord Marney, who died in 1523, and his son John, who continued the building work but died just two years later, leaving no male heirs to continue the family line or the construction. What was completed was the main range measuring some three hundred feet long, the principal gatehouse that is about eighty feet tall, an array of outbuildings, and a new church.The buildings suffered considerable damage from the Great English earthquake of 1884, and a subsequent report in The Builder magazine described the state of the house as such that ‘the outlay needed to restore the towers to anything like a sound and habitable condition would be so large that the chance of the work ever being done appears remote indeed’. Fortunately the repairs were begun, by brother and sister Alfred and Kezia Peache, who re-floored and re-roofed the gatehouse, as well as creating the garden to the south of the Tower.
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  • August 11, 2017
    This is a beautiful Tudor Gatehouse built in the 1500s. I love Tudor chimneys and here you get really close to them as you can climb the stairs right to the top of the Tower and stand on the roof. The...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    This has to be one of most relaxing week when clamping to date and we have visited several clamping sites, whether Feather down or independent. The staff are very welcoming from Sarah prior to the tri...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    Tucked away in Essex countryside a 16th century tower house full of pleasant surprises, pretty views and relaxing tea room (lovely cake).  more »
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  • Hidden gem. Just the right amount of content. Bring kids for lamb feeding.
  • Very nice tudor palace and church. Lambing and other farm animals for kids.
  • A great historic building set just outside of Colchester, great for a day out, to hire one of the many rooms or to visit on an organised event day
  • Good day out - especially for families with younger children
  • Beautiful!!! Stunning wedding venue

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