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Work begins to save cliff tower
Clavell Tower
The tower is in danger of falling into the sea if it not moved
Work to save a derelict cliff-top tower that inspired authors like Thomas Hardy and PD James is getting under way.

Clavell Tower at the World Heritage site of Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset, is metres away from a ledge and is in danger of falling into the sea.

Work to dismantle the structure and move it 25m inland is expected to take more than 18 months.

The 700,000 cost of the project is being funded by a lottery grant and donations made to the Landmark Trust.

The trust has said if there is more erosion and work does not take place soon, workers will not be allowed on the site because of health and safety issues.

The historic structure was built by the Reverend John Richards Clavell of Smedmore in 1830.

Thomas Hardy used it in his Wessex Poems and it also inspired PD James's novel, The Black Tower.


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