TM3642 : Martello Tower on Shingle Street

taken 6 years ago, near to Shingle Street, Suffolk, Great Britain

Martello Tower on Shingle Street
Martello Tower on Shingle Street
Shingle Street is situated at the mouth of Orford Ness and is also known as Hollesley Bay. Originally the hamlet was inhabited by fishermen and river pilots for the River Ore. The 19th century Martello tower, one of several in the area, was converted to dwellings for members of the coastguards. A number of buildings were destroyed during World War II, including the Lifeboat Inn, the hamlet's only pub. A report dating from October 2004 suggests that Shingle Street is at risk from the sea and could disappear within 20 years if sea defences are not erected.

After World War II rumours arose that a failed German invasion had occurred at Shingle Street. Since the civilian population had been evacuated in May 1940 there were no eyewitness reports and official documents remained classified until questions in the House of Commons led to their early release in 1993. The papers disclosed no German landing, but did reveal that the Lifeboat Inn had been used to test an uncharged chemical bomb devised by Porton Down.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 29 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 30 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings  Defence, Military  Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3658 4257 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:1.8625N 1:26.8516E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3657 4255
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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