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OLDESTBUILDINGFRIDAY Jumbo

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Jumbo Water Tower is a local name for the Water Tower at the Balkerne Gate in Colchester Essex which was named after the elephant, Jumbo. 
It was constructed in 1883 and took around 20 months to build. 1,200,000 bricks and 819 tons of stone and cement were used in the construction of this tower. The tank is constructed of cast-iron bolted panels, and when it was in use could hold 1069 cubic metres (37,800 cubic ft) of water. 
Inside are 157 steps to a viewing platform known as "Wicks folly", which at 35.37 metres (116 ft) above ground offers views a long way over Colchester and its surrounding area. 
The water tower was decommissioned in 1988 and has had multiple owners since, with planning permission granted for an apartment and a public viewing platform, although 24 years have passed and it still stands derelict. In 2006 at the height of the UK property boom, Jumbo was sold at auction for £330,000 to a private bidder as the Council stated they were not interested in buying Jumbo. 
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Nov 08 2012 18:18 GMT ujbanyiv
Great Work.
A+++
Nov 08 2012 18:47 GMT hallo
Fantastic structure for a water tower thanks for sharing the information!
Nov 08 2012 18:58 GMT elsje323
good entry
Nov 08 2012 19:28 GMT mcdonegal1 PRO
What a beautiful water tower! Love how you processed it too. Very interesting information too
Nov 08 2012 19:33 GMT Foggydew
Impressive!
Nov 08 2012 19:44 GMT sheasoru68
Good processing,..and a great piece of info to accompany it..
Nov 08 2012 23:31 GMT fa69
Wonderful !!!!
Nov 09 2012 02:24 GMT hans55 PRO
a very good entry ...i like those old watertowers very much !!
Nov 09 2012 05:46 GMT jomoud PRO
Fabulous contribution to the theme Harry.
Thanks for all the interesting information.
Have a wonderful happy weekend
Nov 09 2012 07:14 GMT senna3
An impressive tower, perfect for the theme!
Nov 09 2012 07:34 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Fascinating information - I've always wanted to live in a tower - perhaps I could live in this one!
Nov 09 2012 13:18 GMT Lalbabu
Wonderful structure & fine information !!!!!
Nov 09 2012 16:40 GMT peterpinhole
I like the name and this is detailed info about it.
Excellent choice for entry.
Nov 09 2012 18:58 GMT martini957
Wonderful entry...very interesting too
Nov 09 2012 20:04 GMT Pea2007
GREAT ENTRY
Nov 09 2012 20:57 GMT abojovna PRO
Beautiful Jumbo Tower, very nice "old photo" effect! Thank you for the information!!
Nov 10 2012 04:39 GMT roncarlin PRO
Excellent entry and discription
Nov 10 2012 09:29 GMT wijnie58
Interesting story and entry, Harry..:-))
Nov 10 2012 12:13 GMT Squirrel PRO
BEAUTIFUL AND INTERESTING ENTRY::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Nov 11 2012 15:24 GMT Papagena
Interesting architecture and story !! ;°)
Nov 11 2012 22:50 GMT Icandoit
Thanks for stopping by and for all of your lovely and very encouraging comments
Harry

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