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Water Towers have been key elements in the developed landscapes of communities. They provide a gravity powered water supply to localities both residential and industrial. Local water companies built them on their highest points and pumped water up from sources at lower levels. The water was then distributed by piped infrastructure to those the company served.

The golden age of water towers is seen as 1860-1930. Today many towers have become redundant due to their locations not being sufficiently high enough to service the consumers, as the demand for water expands. Also modern pumping has enabled water pressure to be maintained without such towers.

As a result these once iconic structures, that epitomised the important role of the water company to the community, have been destroyed or converted to other uses. Their architecture proudly reflected their role and this has led to a challenge to find alternative uses for such towers. On this database we record a few examples that have survived in Great Britain.

In the database each tower has a unique identity code shown in brackets. The first number indicates the map on which Barton lists the tower, the letter(s) identify the county(s) and the last number or letter identifies the tower's position on Barton's list. Source: Barton B. (2003) Water Towers of Britain. Newcomen Soc.



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1 Devon and Cornwall
2 Somerset and Dorset




3 Avon and Wiltshire




4 Hampshire (including Isle of Wight)
5 Greater London, Surrey and West Sussex




6 Kent and East Sussex






7 Oxfordshire and Berkshire




8 Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire
9 Hertfordshire
10 Essex
11 Cambridgeshire
12 Suffolk
12 Norfolk
14 Hereford & Worcester and Gloucestershire




15 Warwickshire and Northamptonshire




16 Shropshire, Staffordshire and West Midlands




17 Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire
18 Lincolnshire
19 Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire
20 South Yorkshire and Humberside
21 North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire
22 Cumbria and Lancashire
23 Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Co Durham and Cleveland
24 Wales (with South Wales as inset)
25 Scotland (with Glasgow Area as inset)


Towers not yet included in county lists are below




KENTSBORO WATER TOWER (01HAoo)
Kentsboro is the Army Aviation Centre near Stockbridge, Hants. SO20 8DY. There is a substantial and distinct water tower adjacent to a secondary entrance on the A 343 road. It appears to be a double tower with access to the roof of one from the other.




HOUSE IN THE CLOUDS (12S59)
Thorpeness, Suffolk. The present structure replaced a steel tower and tank with fantail windmill. The original water tower was built in 1923. It stored 50,000 gallons of water. The style was considered ugly so it was restyled as a house on top of a 70-foot tower. At the same time a post mill was relocated to provide a pumping facility for use in connection with the tower. In 1977 the tank was removed and the elevated house turned into residential holiday accommodation.

MARTELLO TOWER L (12S.H)
Shotley, Suffolk. TM248336. Grade II listed. A gun tower dating from the early 19th century, located on military land overlooking the modern day mooring area and docks. Converted to a water tower and lookout station for naval use as HMS GANGES.


MARTELLO TOWER M (12S.H)
Shotley, Suffolk. TM251341. Grade II listed. A gun tower dating from the early 19th century, located on military land overlooking the modern day mooring area and docks. Converted to a water tower for naval use as HMS GANGES.


CHESTER - THE WATER TOWER WITHOUT WATER (12CHXX)
Chester Castle Ramparts, Cheshire. This is a water tower with a difference. It has not got a tank and never had! See the picture by clicking right for more details.




TETBURY WATER TOWER, (14GL08)
Tetbury, Gloucestershire. This tower is located a short distance north of the town along the Lowfield Road. It is opposite the entrance to Upton Gardens. In 1892 a waterworks on Lowfield Road was established with water obtained from two boreholes. This subsequently led to enhanced water for the local communities. In 1961 Bristol Waterworks Company took over from Tetbury RDC









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The following is an extract from 'The Supply of Water' (1931) Veal T.H.P., Chapman and Hall.





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