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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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  • Took both my boys here specifically to feed the lambs. But when we arrived there was so much else to explore as well. We went up the tower, in the church, on the playground and on the spiders web. The...  more »
  • This attraction has a relaxed feel about it. There is an interesting museum, a place to get tea and coffee and of course you need to go up all of the stairs to the top and sample the view, which is re...  more »
  • Sun was out so we took a ride to visit another historical place. Nice drive through the countryside and it's well sign posted to the the tower. Impressive looking on arrival and plenty of parking. Hor...  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