Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man's Milner's Tower set for renovation

Dave Kneale
Image caption The tower was built in honour of William Milner, a Liverpool safemaker and is in the shape of a lock

A landmark in the south of the Isle of Man is to be renovated by the government at a cost of £90,000.

Milner's Tower, on Bradda Head in Port Erin, will undergo repairs to make damaged walls watertight.

It was constructed as a viewing tower in 1871 in memory of William Milner and ownership was transferred to the Manx government in 2009.

MHK Brenda Cannell said: "This work is a stitch in time which will save potential higher costs later on."

The work will be carried out by lime render experts Grenaby Limeworks, who have previously worked on Manx National Heritage sites including Rushen Abbey and Castle Rushen.

Director Mark Dawson said: "We are really looking forward to working in such a stunning and remote location and renovating such an important part of Manx history for future generations to enjoy.

"We will be pointing the tower in lime because it is such a flexible material, which will stand up to the elements which the tower faces.

"All the work we carry out is sympathetic to the building."

Milner's Tower will be closed to the public from the end of June for about 10 weeks.

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