Somerset

Wellington water towers go up for auction

  • 21 January 2013
  • From the section Somerset
Rockwell Green Towers in Wellington
Rockwell Green Towers in Wellington are Grade-II listed buildings

Two water towers in Somerset are to be sold at auction next month.

The Grade-II listed Rockwell Green Towers are local landmarks in the village of Wellington, 11km (seven miles) south west of Taunton.

The redbrick tower, which includes a circular steel tank, is believed to have been built in 1885. A more recent concrete tower was built in the 1930s.

Wessex Water owns both structures and is selling them off following a review into its redundant sites and land.

They are among 22 lots which will be put under the hammer at Taunton Racecourse on 25 February.

'Out of service'

Other sites going on sale include covered reservoirs, springs and areas of conservation, along with potential residential building plots.

"The Rockwell Green Towers are a major landmark in Somerset and they can be seen from miles around," said Nick Routh from Wessex Water.

"The towers have been out of service for some time as the way we supply water to our customers has changed to meet the growing population and to operate more efficiently."

Water is supplied locally from a reservoir near Holywell Lake.

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