Friends of Martello24 Stewards' Page
This page provides additional information for the volunteer Stewards of the Friends of Martello 24.
English Heritage owns the tower and is therefore responsible for its upkeep and maintenance. They have undertaken a number of surveys in 2018 to determine the source of the water ingress and this has resulted in firm plans to undertake repair work on the tower in 2019.
Scaffolding will be erected and a programme of essential conservation repair works will be carried out to the tower including de-vegetation, dealing with defective pointing and deep tamping of open joints focusing on known areas of water ingress (i.e. the brick parapets and coping stones), removal of mould, stalactites, wood replacement and treatment and lime-washing to the interior which is currently in a poor condition and some defects remediation works such as repairs to the flagpole on the roof and repairs to windows and sills. There will also be repair works to the existing drainage system identified from recent trials and investigations to be leaking which will include sensitive widening of the openings to the modern and historic gulley stones to enable access for future maintenance and survey and resealing to the existing damp proof membrane. It is hoped that the work will reduce the amount of water ingress the building has been experiencing resulting in deterioration of its historic fabric bringing it into a more sustainable condition for staff, volunteers and the public to use and enjoy.
Details of the Proposed Works
At the moment, August 2019, the tower is opening normally, with the repair work due to start sometime in September. The tower will then need to be closed to the public to allow the proposed repair works to address the water ingress problems. The work is scheduled to take about 10 weeks, but the weather is a key factor in this. Lots of rain will mean the repairs take longer.