The Watch Tower
Dungeness Nuclear Power Station
The following is mostly from their website:
Our visitor centre sits in the middle of the Dungeness National Nature Reserve, a Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). It’s a diverse landscape, home to many unique plants, animals and birds.
The visitor centre has an interactive exhibition to help visitors understand more about nuclear power generation at Dungeness B and allow people to ask questions to our trained guides. We have a fantastic classroom facility and you can also pre-
The tour takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes
You will be accompanied by a trained station guide
The tour includes the reactor viewing gallery, the turbine hall and the cooling water intake
Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 16.00
If you have any questions about the visitor centre or about taking a tour, please contact our visitor centre co-
The central part of the Watch Tower was a lookout post against Napoleon (useful too in WWII) constructed from poured concrete made using the immediate shingle beach. It was manned by the coastguards next door in the five Coastguard Cottages. We do not know its original name but by 1931 it had become The Watch House and by 1971 The Watch Tower. A couple, Jim and Eileen Bates, purchased it in 1985, developed and extended round it. A later owner added the conservatory and garage. Prior to the Bates, a couple lived in the original “tower” without the extensions.
Eileen Bates ran the Light Railway Café on a franchise. Derek Jarman mentions her in his diaries, for example recording that he asked her opinion on his costume before he was “sainted”.
Dungeness is not on Romney Marsh but is a four-
The sea used to come much nearer to the Watch Tower. Note the Watering House, the red-
The Watch Tower is within a Conservation Area, is a SSSI, managed by Natural England, and is protected under European wildlife and habitats law.
Romney is a Roman name; we have Old Romney and New Romney on the Marsh.