The Carshalton water tower is one of the finest estate towers in existence and thankfully one of the most accessible. The water tower constructed 1719 is unique in that it contains a suite of rooms that serve a range of domestic functions. There is a deep plunge bath with exquisite tiling, a formal saloon and a beautifully proportioned orangery. The remains of a water wheel can be seen in the pump chamber that lifted water into the cistern crowning the tower. It could be considered the equal of Houghton Hall, a 1732 example in Norfolk that supplied the home of Sir Robert Walpole.
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BWTAS members are planning to meet at Carshalton Water Tower on Saturday 26th June, 12.00 midday. The entry fee has been discounted to £1.
CarshaltonWater Tower is a unique Grade II listed early 18th century garden building sited in the grounds of Carshalton House in Surrey. In addition to the Water Tower, there is the surrounding garden including the Hermitage and Folly Bridge.
Info and map at www.carshaltonwatertower.co.uk
The Carshalton Water Tower, Hermitage and Historic Gardens in Surrey are managed by a voluntary charitable trust. The tower and gardens are often hired for a wide range of purposes including filming.
Friends of Carshalton Water Tower have been granted associate membership of BWTAS.
For information about the friends, contact the secretary
136 West Street,
Surrey SM5 2NR Telephone: 0208 647 0984