Layer Marney Tower
Wednesday 28th August 2019
Today we drive into Essex to visit England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse – Layer Marney Tower. Built in the reign of Henry VIII by Henry, Lord Marney, the Tower is a statement house, that shows its original owner was rich, powerful and a friend of the King. The ornate terracotta decorations are of Italian design, the extravagant use of glass, diaper patterns in the brick work and its commanding height, add to its grandeur and importance. No visit to Layer Marney is complete without climbing to the top of the Tower. Although there are 99 steps, it is quite an easy climb, with stopping off places on the way up and down where you can sit and rest awhile. The climb is worth it, there is a magnificent view and on a clear day you can see for miles, a perfect look out across the Blackwater River which meanders from Maldon down to the estuary. The tea room serves teas, coffees and cakes, light lunches and afternoon teas or you may prefer to bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens.