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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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  • Although a beautiful Tudor building, not a lot was open to the public. The tower with a spiral staircase only had a handrail up to the first floor so making it impossible for my sister who suffers fro...  more »
  • Had read about this and seen pictures. We are fascinated by history and this Tudor Gatehouse is an astonishing survival from the 1520’s. You walk up about 100 steps to get to the top but it’s a fun jo...  more »
  • This is a superb day out. The owners show you round and they are great fun. The church the tower all the rooms are able to be viewed and each has a tale to tell. Views magnificent so are the grounds ....  more »
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  • Set in beautiful Essex countryside. Beautiful building and church to look around. The farm animals are fun too
  • I visited with a group from the Cobra 289 club. The tour which was given by Sarah was informative but in no way stuffy the same can be said for this lived in house, well worth a visit .The cream tea after was a great end to a the tour .
  • Lovely venue and friendly staff.toilets are outside in the court yard though so that might be something to consider if your having a winter wedding.
  • So beautiful and peaceful, staff are very polite and helpful, definitely a nice little stop off point for a relaxing lunch and explore of the house and gardens
  • Great for a wedding venue