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The Old Water Tower, Swanage

Description: The Old Water Tower

Grade: II
Date Listed: 21 March 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 108258

OS Grid Reference: SZ0320578194
OS Grid Coordinates: 403205, 78194
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6035, -1.9561

Location: 15 Taunton Road, Swanage BH19 2DE

Locality: Swanage
Local Authority: Purbeck District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: BH19 2DE

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Listing Text

Nos 12 and 14
SZ 0378 4/131 (The Old Water Tower)

Dated 1886. Square Purbeck Stone structure in medieval military style. Three stages.
The centre stage has 2 round-headed windows in the north and east faces. On the east
face, between the windows, is a date stone - 1886. Above this, below the parapet, is
a stone inscribed "239 ft above sea level". Immediately above this is a plain ashlar
stone panel lettered "Swanage Water Works" - this is now rather faint. The top stage
of the tower has 2 narrow slit windows in each face. The parapet is finished with
battlements above a projecting string course. Circular projecting turret in one corner,
with a seagull as weather vane. South of the tower and attached to it is a single-storey
block, with Purbeck Stone walls and roof. The eaves gutters discharge into shaped stone
chutes. Two round-headed windows in the south gable wall. In the east wall of this
block are a large door opening and a segmental-headed window. No longer in use as a
Water Tower.

Listing NGR: SZ0320578194

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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