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not a castle, but doomed towers are good too

A literary landmark in Dorset, the Clavell Tower, is in danger, and will be moved.

A spokesman from The Landmark Trust said: 'Clavell Tower's only hope is that we will be able to move it to a new position.

'Clavell Tower would then continue to play its original role within the landscape with a new and sustainable future as a landmark.

'Unless we achieve this, the tower will fall into the sea.'

Thomas Hardy used to take his first love, Eliza Nicholl, to the tower and used a picture of it for the cover of his Wessex Poems.

PD James used the haunting building as the setting for her novel The Black Tower.

Also known as the Tower of the Winds, it was built in 1830 by the Reverend John Richards Clavell of Smedmore, who used it as an observatory for looking out over Kimmeridge Bay.

So, get started with your writerly ambitions about the inland Clavell. Not quite the same romance, is it?

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