Appleton Water Tower

    Appleton Water Tower
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    This beautifully converted Victorian water tower not only offers fine views over the Norfolk countryside as far as the Wash, but is a great example of the functionality and charm of period engineering.

    Appleton Water Tower
    Appleton Water Tower

    The estate benefited from this fresh water supply following the typhoid illnesses of Edward, Prince of Wales and his eldest son. Not prepared to risk the health of any further members of the family, engineers James Mansergh and Robert Rawlinson were employed to create the a building to house a clean supply – the foundation stone of which was laid in 1877 by the Princess of Wales. Cleverly designed with a central flue that ran the height of the building in order to prevent the tank from freezing, the accommodation today comprises an open fire, room for four people, and enclosed garden and adjacent parking. Unfortunately there is no lift to the second floor (or outside terrace area at the very top) but those with energy and enthusiasm will enjoy the steep spiral staircase.

    Appleton Water Tower

    Sandringham, Norfolk

    Sleeps 4 people

    www.landmarktrust.org.uk

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