This Martello tower was built in 1805 as part of the British strategy in Ireland to prevent a  French invasion. The Martello tower design was copied by the British from a tower in Sicily and was later adopted by the U.S due to the strength of the design. The earliest towers were built by the British were built to defend the Cape Colony of South Africa around 1796 and then  throughout the World in such far off places as Hambantota in India, Sri Lanka, Freetown, Sierra Leone, Mauritius, Bermuda, the Florida Keys, Tobago and in the Caribbean. Most Martello towers were built with a diameter of about 40 feet and were entered through a doorway with staircase or a ladder built above ground level. This one has been lovingly converted to a ‘bomb-proof’ family home with a stunning view.

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