Record Details

NHER Number:40218
Type of record:Building
Name:Modern water tower


This large water tower was opened in October 1932. At the time, it was the largest of its type in Great Britain. During World War Two it was covered in camouflage paint.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 51414 13181
Map Sheet:TG51SW

Full description

Opened in October 1932, at which time it was the largest twin compartment Intze tank in the country, 3.56 million litres (784,000 gallons). It is also an early example of steel formwork, 630 tonnes (570 tons) of concrete in a 4.27m (14ft) overhang poured in one lift. See (S1) which also has an account of how it overflowed in the 1970s.
E. Rose (NLA), 7 February 2004.

June 2005. Norfolk NMP.
Caister on Sea water tower was covered with a camouflaged paint scheme during World War Two. This is visible on contemporary aerial photographs (S2).
J. Albone (NMP), 20 June 2005.

Monument Types

  • WATER TOWER (Early 20th Century to 21st Century - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

<S1>Monograph: Barton, B.. 2003. Water towers of Britain and their part in bringing water to the people.. pp 87, 167.
<S2>Vertical Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1945. RAF 106G/UK/832 3186-3187 23-SEP-1945 (Norfolk SMR TG 5113A-B).

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