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In order to display a database of water towers, Britain has been divided into county groups with each group on a separate web page. The starting point is the towers identified in Barton B. (2003) Water Towers of Britain, The Newcomen Society. This data has then been updated.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Somerset and Dorset



Somerset

1. Rockwell Green 1 & 2
2. Dark Lane, Wellington
3. Higher Munty
4. Churchinford
5. Culmhead (Holman Glavel)
6. Stoke St Gregory
7. Notting Hill, Weare
8. Alston Sutton
9. Meare
10. Kingdown
11. Mudford, Yeovil
12. Slabhouse
13. Binegar
14. Tadhill, Leigh on Mendip
15. Terry Hill, Hemington
16. Buckland Dinham
17. Frome
18. Norton St Philip
19. Farleigh Hungerford
20. RNAS Yeovilton


Dorset



DORCHESTER WATER TOWER (02DO01)
Bridport Road A3150 opposite Dorset County Hospital, near the junction with Hawthorn Road, Dorchester. This six sided tower with arches dates from 1880 but was taken out of service in 2005. The site is managed by Wessex Water.



BLOXWORTH WATER TOWER (02DO02)
This water tower is located near Bere Regis, at SY 88694 94604. It is an old concrete tower with legs. Access is difficult and the tower is surrounded by trees.






LYTCHETT MATRAVERS WATER TOWER (02DO03)
A small square tower lying within trees and bracken located on the north-western side of the village. Walk up High Street crossing Middle Road by the war memorial, past the Chequers Inn and Jenny Lane; the tower is on the right.



BROADSTONE WATER TOWER (02DO04)
Lies on the south side of Dunyeats Road, opposite Broadstone Middle School. Poole, BH18 8LL. It was built in 1894 and is Grade II listed. It is one of a similar pair of such towers in Dorset.




SWANAGE WATER TOWER (02DO05)
12/13 Purbeck Terrace, near where it crosses Bon Accord Road. BH19 7DE. Swanage. This tower, which dates from 1886, is visible from a substantial distance in spite of being surrounded by modern housing. Forty five feet high, the tower had two tanks holding a total of just under 28,000 gallons of water from an artesian well at Sunnydale. In 1892 a new reservoir at Ulwell made the tower redundant. It subsequently changed hands several times. During WW II it was requisitioned as a machine gun post. Resembling a square castle on top of the hill, it is now in private occupation. It is Grade II listed.




MANNINGS HEATH WATER TOWER (02DO06)
This tower overlooks the Mannings Heath Leisure and Retail Park, Poole, on the B 3049. It is in Calluna Road. It stands in a contractors yard on the right when heading out of Poole.




UPPER PARKSTONE WATER TOWER (02DO07)
Mansfield Road, Poole, BH14 0DD. It was built in the late 19th century and is Grade II listed. It is one of a similar pair of such towers in Dorset. The tower continues to provide a site for radio antenna etc.


8. Aldemey, Boumemouth



WESTBOURNE WATER TOWER (02DO09) This folly is in the park at 27a Surrey Road, BH4 9JX. Westbourne, Bournemouth. (just south of Mayrick Park). This miniature tower lies in Upper Gardens alongside the stream. It was built in 1883-1903 as a folly. Water came via a waterwheel and it fed a fountain and water collection facility.


BOSCOMBE WATER TOWER (02DO00)
56-58 Palmerston Road, near Shelly Road, Bournemouth. BH1 4HT. Part of a NHS Hospital site, the tower now comprises 9 apartments. The water tower was built in 1869 for the Bournemouth and District Water Company and is now Grade II listed. It had a capacity of 160,000 gallons.





SOUTHBOURNE WATER TOWER (02DO10)
The tower lies in Seafield Gardens, Seafield Road, Bournemouth. and is a stunning backdrop to recreation facilities. It is believed that it was built to supply the Southbourne-on-Sea area following problems with the Iford Pumping Station. The tower was built at a cost of £2,500 for West Hants Water Company. It is now a Grade II Listed building apparently in private ownership.



LEWESTON WATER TOWER (02DO11)
Lies in Lillington parish DT9 6EN, near Sherborne, in north west Dorset. Built in 1930 to supply Leweston Manor, this helter-skelter tower was converted to residential in 2001. It is Grade II listed.





MEYRICK PARK WATER TOWER (02DO12), Bournemouth. There was once a water tower in Meyrick Park, Westbourne. It was Britainís first reinforced concrete tower and was erected in 1900 for the Borough Council. It had a capacity of 15,000 gallons, not for public supply but to water the Park gardens and greens. Despite being listed it was demolished in 1994.


BLANDFORD CAMP WATER TOWER (00DO13)
Blandford Camp is a military base located on a hill top just south-west of Pimperne village, Dorset. The water tower is situated on the south-east boundary within a substantial clump of trees. To view the tower the boundary can be accessed via Yarde Lane, a rough track off the A354 on the south side of Pimperne. Climb the track as it goes around to the right and reaches two large barns. Here turn left up a path to the top of the hill. The tower can be seen by following the camp boundary fence a short distance to the right. The tower appears to be a pair of substantial steel tanks on concrete legs. Grid. Ref. ST 914084













The following details water towers in the U.S.











LANDSCAPE

Country town/village, Park or Garden, Upland, Urban, Woodlands or Forest

REGION

England - Southern

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