Record Details

NHER Number:15701
Type of record:Building
Name:Appleton water tower


A red brick water tower, built in the 1870s to serve the Sandringham estate. The tower has an ornamental stair turret, with a cast iron spiral staircase, which led to a second floor room used by the Royal Family for enjoying the surrounding views. The water tower has been restored as a holiday home by the Landmark Trust.


  • Appleton red brick water tower built in 1877.  © M. and S. Gooch


Grid Reference:TF 7051 2780
Map Sheet:TF72NW

Full description

Water tower. Very tall, red brick, mid 19th century.
First two storeys are a caretaker's cottage; above this, a room for Royal hunting parties to picnic in. The stairs to these are carried in an attached cast iron spiral stair turret. Water tank on top floor; flues from fireplaces on floors below go through the centre of the tank to prevent freezing. Ornamented finials etc.
Now preserved by the Landmark Trust, and used as a holiday cottage.
Information from Norfolk Architects' Association.
E. Rose (NAU) 7 September 1982.

Built 1877 by Martin Folkes.
Assessed as worthy to be listed grade II but cannot be listed as property of Royal Family.
E. Rose (NAU) 18 July 1989.

However, (S1) says the architect was J. Mansergh and the engineer was R. Rawlinson.
E. Rose (NLA) 7 February 2004.

Monument Types

  • WATER TOWER (19th Century to 21st Century - 1870 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1986. Tall order at tower. 20 May.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TF 72 NW 16.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. [Photograph of Appleton water tower]. 28 January.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2000. Open door to history. 19 May.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2000. Towering landmark draws the visitors. 22 May.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 628.
---Article in Serial: Country Life. 1991. Flights of fancy IN Country Life. 4 April.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Monograph: Barton, B.. 2003. Water towers of Britain and their part in bringing water to the people..

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