The Southwold Water Works Company - As demand increases and the water table is lowered, it is found that the water pumped from deeper seams contains large amounts of chlorine and traces of organic material, suggesting marine infiltration. The well is no longer considered suitable for potable use, though water from it is continued to be used for sanitary and fire service applications. The wind pump is probably removed at about this date. Potable water has increasingly been sourced from various tube wells in Reydon and, at about this time, a new pumping station is built in Quay Lane, Reydon.
The Southwold Water Works Company - A second water tower is built adjacent to the defunct one. It has a capacity of 150,000 gallons,, nearly four times that of the old tower. Although the old tower is scheduled for demolition, it is spared and preserved following public demonstrations.
My information is copied from the website www.southwoldandson.co.uk
Southwold Museum is a little gem. It is now closed for the winter . It will open again on Good Friday 2017
Southwold's unique cottage museum is dedicated to the local and natural history of this corner of Suffolk. Owned and managed by the Southwold Museum & Historical Society, this tiny building houses an astonishing collection of objects, paintings, photographs, models and wildlife exhibits.
Southwold Museum is Suffolk Museum of the Year 2016-17.
I find I have a personal connection with the two Southwold Water Towers.
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The earlier tower was built by The Southwold Water Works Company , which was founded in 1886. One of its first Secretaries is Southwold's Town Clerk, Solicitor, Ernest Read Cooper who practised at the Company's Registered Office, No 1 Market Place, followed, in 1924, by my grandfather, Lenny Septimus Harrisson also a solicitor.
'Work started in 1886 on building the first water tower which is about 40 ft high.. The tank has a capacity of 40,000 gallons and is surmounted by a wind pump which draws water from a well, initially of some 60 ft deep. The use of wind-power on a watertower is an innovative idea in its day.
Water from the tower was piped to homes and businesses across a large part of the town, gradually replacing Southwold's many domestic wells and the communal Town Pump in the Market Place built earlier by the Child Foundry.'
There is more to tell - but that will wait for another day. I thank the www.southwoldandson.co.uk website for this information.
July 23rd, 2016 The ferry across the river Blyth from Southwold to Walberswick is an experience that must not be missed. Here Dani Church tells a little of her family's history.
If you are coming on holiday in Suffolk ( or even if you live here) do look regularly at The Suffolk Coast website.
This site is full of useful and inspiring ideas ( many of them free) of what to see and do - all beautifully and clearly presented.
This Easter weekend, for instance you could see Punch and Judy on Southwold Pier, visit the Farmers Market and join in the Easter activities at Snape Maltings .There is to much to mention here , so do look at the site.
This picture shows South Green Southwold.
Chapmans Newsagent - near Southwold Market Square has been publishing beautiful 'early morning' photographs of Southwold on to Facebook. We buy our Guardian from there before having breakfast/coffee in the hut. www.southwoldholiday.com
A very blustery day - sketched by Suffolk artist Kate Batchelor- viewed from the comfort of The Clockhouse on Southwold Pier,
Here is one of Kate Batchelor's daily sketches. This local artist has set herself a challenge to do a sketch a day for a year. They capture the very essence of East Anglia. Thankyou so much Kate for sharing them.