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The Old Water Tower

A Grade II Listed Building in Swanage, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6035 / 50°36'12"N

Longitude: -1.9561 / 1°57'21"W

OS Eastings: 403205

OS Northings: 78194

OS Grid: SZ032781

Mapcode National: GBR 45H.483

Mapcode Global: FRA 67SG.XCV

Plus Code: 9C2WJ23V+9H

Entry Name: The Old Water Tower

Listing Date: 21 March 1983

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1153240

English Heritage Legacy ID: 108258

Location: Swanage, Dorset, BH19

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Swanage

Built-Up Area: Swanage

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Swanage St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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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

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