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The Story of the Martello Towers page 2

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"Those who lived in them," says a writer in the sixties, "were comfortably housed, and whilst cosily seated by the blazing fire could laugh to scorn the roaring tempest without." They have been the tryst-ing-place of packs of harriers; and one to-day shelters a lady novelist. Perhaps it is the one at which "Peter Porcupine" shook his fist as he ambled on to the farmers' meeting at Battle and flung that fine Biblical phrase, "A desolation of abomination stand-in high places!"

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