TQ9759 : Water Tower in Newnham valley

taken 12 years ago, near to Painter's Forstal, Kent, Great Britain

Water Tower in Newnham valley
Water Tower in Newnham valley
Standing NW of Faversham Road, the style of this building makes it look like a misplaced cinema. I believe it was built in 1936 and is associated with a nearby water board pumping station and may have been an experimental water-softening plant.

2017: I now find this is a listed building LinkExternal link and was indeed built in the 1930s for Mid Kent Water as a water softening plant of a type known as a sludge blanket clarifier. It consists of two conical tanks placed either side of an ellipse-shaped central tower.
It was abandoned during the Second World War, only a decade after its construction, and although it reopened in 1946, it soon closed again, due in part to high operational costs. The building was sold in 2002, and discussions took place about its conversion to domestic use.

In 2003 the 20th Century Society did a case study: LinkExternal link

It has since been converted to a six bedroom house - see 2011 photo LinkExternal link and many more estate agent photos, including interior shots from 2013 LinkExternal link
The building featured on Channel 4ís Gadget Man.
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TQ9759, 19 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 12 May, 2006   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 16 May, 2006
Category
Water tower   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 9741 5962 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:18.0878N 0:49.8299E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 9739 5946
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