About Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney Tower is a Tudor Palace, built as a statement house by Henry, 1st Lord Marney, Henry VIII’s Lord Privy Seal, in the 1520’s.

It was built to the height of fashion, much to Henry VIII’s delight. The Palace was never finished as Henry Marney died in 1523 and his son two years later.

The front facade and stable block (now the Long Gallery) were built and still stand today. The Church was completely refurbished by Henry Marney to accommodate his family’s effigy tombs and the Medieval Essex Barn was integrated into the Courtyard. With no local stone, Lord Marney used stone coloured terracotta decorations on the windows with Italianate mouldings making it one of the most sophisticated buildings of its time.

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