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Water Tower at Penylan Reservoir

A Grade II Listed Building in Roath, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.5059 / 51°30'21"N

Longitude: -3.1623 / 3°9'44"W

OS Eastings: 319428

OS Northings: 179197

OS Grid: ST194791

Mapcode National: GBR KMB.W3

Mapcode Global: VH6F7.4DLW

Entry Name: Water Tower at Penylan Reservoir

Listing Date: 12 October 2001

Last Amended: 12 October 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25799

Building Class: Water Supply and Drainage

Location: Set back from the road opposite Penylan Oval.

County: Cardiff

Town: Cardiff

Community: Roath (Y Rhath)

Community: Roath

Locality: Penylan

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Built c1898 by C.H. Priestley, engineer to Cardiff Corporation, and William Harper, borough engineer. The tower and covered reservoir are first shown on the 1901 Ordnance Survey.


A square red-brick 2-stage tower with battered base below a freestone band, clasping buttresses, and freestone embattled parapet. In the base the front, facing Cyncoed Road, and rear have blocked round-headed doorways with impost bands. The rear has 2 superimposed round-headed windows in the tall lower stage (the lower window blocked). The side walls have tall narrow blind arches in the lower stage. In the upper stage the buttresses are corbelled out, and each face has 4 corbelled pilasters.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a rare surviving water tower associated with late C19 urban water supply, and as a prominent structure of distinctive character.

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