Monday, 26 August 2013

Norton Water Tower.

Norton Water Tower, Sheffield
Photo by David Morris [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Aw, just look at it. It's like the keep at Conisbrough Castle would be if the Plantagenets had ever heard of Brutalism. You could see it from the end of our road when I was little. Then again, you can see it from the end of plenty of roads, as it's up on a hill near the outskirts of town.

Back in the good old days, you used to be able to go up it and use its viewing platform, and I once had the pleasure of doing just that. Sadly, some decades ago, the practice was stopped. According to an interview I once heard on Radio Sheffield, that was because people kept trying to jump off it. To be honest, there's so many mobile phone dishes on it now that you'd probably be reluctant to go up it in case your brain got fried by microwaves.

Still, it'd be great to go up it again as an adult and see just what the view's like from the side that faces away from Sheffield.


Anonymous said...

Oh what memories this brings back. All bad, but that's by the by......This loomed large in our childhood's, didn't it. I expect if I saw it again today it would seem small, in the way that all things that loomed large in childhood seem to end up being.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this is the tower that sparked my desire to live in a water tower! I love them! And Sheffield, of course!

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