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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.
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Areas covered by county web pages - click the logos below to view the county listings now available.
1 Devon (DV) and Cornwall (CW)
2 Somerset (SS) and Dorset (DO)
3 Avon (AV) and Wiltshire (WT)
4 Hampshire (including Isle of Wight) (HS)
5 Greater London (GL), Surrey (SY) and West Sussex (WS)
6 Kent (KT) and East Sussex (ES)
7 Oxfordshire (OX) and Berkshire (BK)
8 Buckinghamshire (BU) and Bedfordshire (BE)
9 Hertfordshire (HT)
10 Essex (EX)
12 Suffolk (SF)
13 Norfolk (NF)
14 Hereford & Worcester (HW) and Gloucestershire (GL)
15 Warwickshire (WS) and Northamptonshire
16 Shropshire (SH), Staffordshire and West Midlands
17 Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire
18 Lincolnshire (LS)
19 Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire (CH)
20 South Yorkshire and Humberside (HS)
21 North Yorkshire (NY) and West Yorkshire (WY)
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
GAINSBOROUGH WATER TOWER, (18LS02)
Lincolnshire. Built in 1897, this hexagonal tower is now Grade II listed. It is located on the embankment edge of a reservoir at the top of Hickman Hill DN21. Grid. Ref. SK820900.
INGHAM TOWER, (18LS00)
Lincolnshire. This tower is located a short distance north of Lincoln, just west of the A15 near Ingham. It is a landmark erection that may not even be a water tower in spite of being managed by anglianwater. We would welcome any information about it.
HEMINGBROUGH WATER TOWER, (26NY21)
This North Yorkshire tower lies on the northern perimeter of the village of Hemingbrough. Grid. Ref. 673314.
WATER TOWER near Hull Prison, (00HS00)
Like the one before, little is known about this tower. It can be viewed from the main road opposite the main entrance to Hull Prison and may be associated with this institution. We would welcome further information.
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! Dating from 1322, it was so named because it used to abut the local River Dee. See the picture by clicking right for more details. It is Grade 1 listed.
TRELISSICK WATER TOWER (01CW10)
Location: Feock near Truro, Cornwall. This building was once used as a reservoir in the 1860s. Now it is available for holiday lets with a difference, having been converted to residential accommodation. It is four storeys high with only one room on each floor, thus a stay at Trelissick Water Tower will be like no other. Youíll enter through arched barn doors and climb its winding staircase to circular-shaped rooms with gothic-style windows. Located on the Trelissick estate, itís a fine example of the Victorian embellishment of utilitarian buildings. At the top of the tower was a bell, rung at the beginning and end of the working day for the estate workers. The property is now owned by the National Trust and is available to rent through their website.
KNOTTINGLEY WATER TOWER, (21WY22)
Located at Knottingley in West Yorkshire, this tower appears to have disappeared over time. If you know more, do contact us so that we can update the data.
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