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Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Welney, Norfolk (1936)

Norfolk's most Westerly public supply water tower has been sold for £11,750. What is to happen to this tower is unknown, but we know its history: Messrs. G. F. W. Bedford sold the 32’ x 32’ plot of land to Anglian Water Services Ltd. on the 16th November 1935 for the construction of the water tower, for the Isleham water supply. The reinforced concrete tower came into use in 1936. An unusual feature is the access to tank is via a ladder and through a triangular hole in the tank, through to the roof. The tower has not been used for a considerable time and was sold by Anglian Water in June 2006. The new owner was unable to develop the tower commercially for bird watching, so put the tower up for sale in early 2007 with a guide price of £50,000. In 2008 the tower featured on the front cover of “The Welney Parish Action Plan” delivered to every household in the Parish - a strange choice, as the Parish Council had previously said they thought it was an eye-sore that ought to be demolished! On the 25th February 2009, the tower sold for £11,750 beating the guide price of £3,000-£5,000 at Cheffins auction. Located to the West of Main Street at O.S. Grid Ref TL 52576 93890, Capacity unknown.

2 comments:

skree said...

Can I link with you. As a teenager I climbed Moortown water tower leeds, we went back in our forties and did it again. My blog features several watertowers, though i am also interested in draincovers. Tommorrow I travel north to see lovesome hill water tower, 1955 that is up for auction with a view to buying it so it doesnt get demolished. I have some money but need help! There is also another water tower going in the same auction. I have never come across this site before but if you are xserious then help me on this one,
skree

gr said...

I was just looking at the Allsops website and found that a water Tower in the Village of Welney, Norfolk, is for sale with full planning permission to convert to a 3 bed house and with a guide price of only £15k.

Think how amazing it would be to own and live in your own water tower!

I suspect it will go for more than the guide!

Link to it is:

http://www.auction.co.uk/residential/LotDetails.asp?A=762&MP=24&ID=762000202&S=L&O=A

Thought I'd share with like minded tower enthusiasts!