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The Water Tower, Castle Ashby

Description: The Water Tower

Grade: II
Date Listed: 6 September 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 235420

OS Grid Reference: SP8622559275
OS Grid Coordinates: 486225, 259275
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2249, -0.7391

Location: Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire NN7 1LF

Locality: Castle Ashby
Local Authority: South Northamptonshire District Council
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England
Postcode: NN7 1LF

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Listing Text

13/20 The Water Tower


Water tower. Dated 1865. Supervising Architect Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt. Part of
the improvements carried out at Castle Ashby by the 3rd Marquis of Northampton.
Coursed limestone rubble with limestone dressings, concrete and lead roofs.
Square tower with octagonal stair turret to south-west angle, which has an extra
stage. Approxinately 75 feet to top of turret. Bottom stage has a batter and
tall archway leading from courtyard on west side of Castle Ashby, to a formal
walk at west end of terrace gardens, leading down to the park. Round-headed arch
with tall keyblock and imposts, supported by console brackets. Narrow door to
stair-turret to left of archway with segmental-arched head. 3rd stage has a
belvedere room with pairs of round-arched windows to each side and stone
balconies below supported by moulded stone brackets. Windows are divided by a
shaft and have plate-glass sashes. Pieced balustrade to balconies. Top stage
containing tanks has corbel table and large keyed roundels to each side in
square moulded stone surrounds, containing pierced stone monogram of Charles 3rd
Marquis of Northampton and his wife Theodosia. Pierced parapet to turret and
lettered parapet to lower with date 1865 to courtyard side and family motto NISI
DOMINUS to other sides. A single-storey link joins tower to single-storey wings
flanking court to west side of Castle Ashby (q.v.). The tallest building of the
Castle Ashby complex and something of a landmark.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire: 1973, p144)

Listing NGR: SP8622559275

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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