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The Water Tower

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.2249 / 52°13'29"N

Longitude: -0.7391 / 0°44'20"W

OS Eastings: 486225

OS Northings: 259275

OS Grid: SP862592

Mapcode National: GBR CXZ.KY1

Mapcode Global: VHDS8.4BMP

Plus Code: 9C4X67F6+X9

Entry Name: The Water Tower

Listing Date: 6 September 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1371299

English Heritage Legacy ID: 235420

Location: Castle Ashby, South Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, NN7

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Castle Ashby

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Castle Ashby St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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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

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