Our plans for Semaphore Tower

The only signalling tower in Britain with a working semaphore mast - but now in desperate in need of repair.

Semaphore Tower, Chatley Heath

The Semaphore Tower lends itself beautifully to reuse as a Landmark.  We believe it would make a magical Landmark for four, its renewed roof a wonderful spot to enjoy the long 360 degree views across to London and the Home Counties, its refurbished machinery a living lesson in technological and engineering history. 

Chatley Heath itself is a nationally important site for dragonflies and damselflies, with twenty species recorded. It also attracts many rare birds. The tower is surrounded by 800 acres of woodland and heathland that can be explored by the many footpaths and cycle paths. The basement will provide a bike store for those keen on exploring the area by bike. 

Proposed floor plans

Semaphore Tower proposed floor plans 2018

Semaphore Tower detailed drawing South West elevation

Thanks to our generous supporters, we have reached our fundraising target to save the tower. We hope to start our restoration in early 2020 with the intention of opening the building for bookings by the end of the year. We are currently seeking a main contractor to lead the project, whilst finalising the necessary consents. 

Thank you for your donation to our Semaphore Tower appeal:

  • £25 repairs a 1m crack in a water-damaged ceiling

  • £76 will overhaul and redecorate a section of porch railing

  • £120 enables a craftsman to carefully repoint 1m² of fine brickwork with penny struck lime pointing

  • £308 pays for a joiner to overhaul one of the 19 sash windows 

  • £575 will fund each day of a craftsman and apprentice making repairs to the semaphore mechanism