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Wednesday 25 February 2009

Wells-Next-the-Sea, Norfolk (1935)

Following my last posting of the 1953 water tower built by Wells Rural District Council, I thought I'd feature the 1935 water tower built by Wells Urban District Council. Piped water came to Wells in 1936 on completion of the well being sunk on the high ground to the south of the town and the water tower and water mains being laid. Prior to this it was dependent on 350 wells, many of which were susceptible to pollution. All that remains now, is the brick supporting structure and pumping house. It had a 30,000-gallon, Braithwaite tank with a single internal compartment. Located on a hill at O.S. Grid Ref TF 92240 42645, it had a top water level of 125 feet.

The summer influx of visitors more than doubles the winter population and this supply was sometimes inadequate, so in 1962 it was coupled to the supply lines of the Walsingham Rural District Council.

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