In the distance over the wheat field stands a Martello Tower, it is one of 29 on the Suffolk coast built between 1810-12.
|Martello Tower 'Z', Alderton|
and a nifty internal drainage system leading to the water storage tank. The round walls were cannon resistant but with advances in artillery the Martello Towers soon became obsolete however some were once again pressed into service in 20th century for the Second World War as observation towers or for anti-aircraft guns. This particular tower is on English Heritage's 'at risk' register because
the outer brick skin is peeling away. For a look inside see an enthusiasts view here
An entry to ABC Wednesday - a journey through the alphabet.