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Tower Hill Water Tower
Water tower on Tower Hill, Ormskirk.JPG
The water tower in 2015
General information
Type Water tower
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
Location Ormskirk, Lancashire
Country England
Coordinates 53°34′10″N 2°52′21″W / 53.56954°N 2.87242°W / 53.56954; -2.87242Coordinates: 53°34′10″N 2°52′21″W / 53.56954°N 2.87242°W / 53.56954; -2.87242
Construction started 1853
Completed 1854
Client Ormskirk Local Board of Health
Height 17 m (56 ft)
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name: Water tower on Tower Hill
Designated: 22 March 1976
Reference #: 1197069

Tower Hill Water Tower is a disused water tower and local landmark in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England. Situated on the east side of Tower Hill, it was built between 1853-4 for Ormskirk Local Board of Health, and is reputed to be the oldest remaining water tower in the country. It was awarded Grade II* listed status in 1976, and is on the Heritage at Risk Register. The area immediately surrounding the tower has been used as allotments since the mid 20th century.

Structure

Ormskirk's other water tower cropped
The tower in 1987, before the water tank was removed.

The tower is built in the Romanesque Revival style, constructed of coursed, squared sandstone, and arranged in a square plan. On each side are two narrow full-height Romanesque arches, all with stepped surrounds and arch-bands, and linked by an impost band. Above the arches is a plain frieze with carved grotesques at the corners, topped with machicolated corbelling. The stone is a pale red and mottled form of Ormskirk Sandstone, probably extracted from nearby Ruff Wood.

In its present state, the tower stands at a height of approximately 17 metres (56 ft). Originally, the stonework was surmounted by a metal water tank with a pitched slate-covered roof, which added an extra 6.2 metres (20 ft) to the height of the structure. Due to its poor condition, the tank was removed in the early 1990s.

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