The Semaphore Tower

Chatley Heath

The Napoleonic Wars demonstrated the vital importance of efficient military communication, and in the 1820s a chain of signalling stations opened between the Admiralty in London and Portsmouth docks which could carry a message in a matter of minutes by means of elevated signalling arms. This fine brick building on Chatley Heath is a unique surviving purpose-built Sempahore Tower, complete with working arms, and is listed Grade II*. Damaged by fire and vandalism over the years, it is in now in urgent need of further repairs, and we were approached by its owners, Surrey County Council, for help. We intend to launch a fundraising campaign to undertake the repairs and convert it into a Landmark for up to four people.