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Water Tower, with Boundary Railings and Gates

A Grade II Listed Building in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 52.0081 / 52°0'28"N

Longitude: -2.1619 / 2°9'42"W

OS Eastings: 388980

OS Northings: 234414

OS Grid: SO889344

Mapcode National: GBR 1JK.082

Mapcode Global: VH93M.GSXH

Plus Code: 9C4V2R5Q+66

Entry Name: Water Tower, with Boundary Railings and Gates

Listing Date: 10 October 1985

Last Amended: 25 April 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1204425

English Heritage Legacy ID: 376563

Location: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Tewkesbury

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Tewkesbury St Mary the Virgin (Tewkesbury Abbey)

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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SO83SE A38, The Mythe
859-1/2/387 (West side)
10/10/85 Water tower, with boundary railings
and gates
(Formerly Listed as:
Mythe Water Tower)


Former water tower, now residence. 1889. Red brick in Flemish
bond, flat roof not visible. A square tower in Italianate
Romanesque, in 3 stages on high plinth containing the ground
Lowest stage plain, with on S side an arched opening in 3
recessed orders, under terracotta hoodmould, containing pair
of original plank doors with decorative strap hinges; the
other 3 faces plain. The upper 3 levels have 3 tall and narrow
arches to each face, with a recessed order having ovolo-mould
responds, all in brick, and containing alternately a window or
blind opening to a continuous moulded drip-course over the
arches and as a band at springing level, and a deep
double-weathered cill.
The plinth has offset with 2 courses of weathered blue brick;
immediately above is a band containing 7 square terracotta
recessed panels with raised pattern of plain circles. Above
each of the first and second stages a similar band of panels
with rosettes, with a flush band in 2 courses of blue brick
above and below. Parapet, in terracotta, is in 3 weathered
chamfers over a plain eaves course.
To left of tower, set back to C20 quadrant walls, a pair of
tapered octagonal fluted cast-iron gate piers, with pair of
gates with simple diagonal railings to spearheads. Tower and
accompanying underground water storage tank enclosed on 3
sides by a continuous railing, of similar detail, in approx
2.2m bays to propped standards. Railing removed on road side,
except for short length to right of gates.
A very forthright design, consistently and carefully detailed
in hard red engineering brick with terracotta details. The
tower occupies a prominent position at a high point on the
Tewkesbury to Worcester Road, and is an excellent memorial to
an aspect of C19 industry in Tewkesbury. The main water-works
(not included), with which it is associated, are located
approx 500m to the S, by Mythe Bridge. The transformation to
domestic use has been effected with no visible change to the
fabric externally.

Listing NGR: SO8898034414

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