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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Metal windows in preparation

This is the west side of the tower, showing the three windows de-glazed, de-scaled and now primed.

This close-up of window number one shows the delicacy of the ironwork - and that of the window on the other side of the tower.

Inside the tower as window work proceeds. The window at the north end is being stripped of old putty and paint. Sunlight floods in from the west.
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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

De-glazing the windows

Former work colleague Peter Bennett, looking like something out of Star Wars is preparing the first of the seven cast iron window frames with the help of Trelawny's splendid needle gun. Peter has travelled from his home in Devon to help with this tedious, dusty but important job.

The centre window on the west side of the tower, de-glazed and awaiting needle-gunning. The slender profile of the window frames can be seen.

Here is the west side of the tower. All windows now without glass and the one on the right almost ready for a coat of primer paint.

Note the levelled ground which will enable us to wheel the scaffolding tower from window to window.
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Friday, 22 April 2011

Dig this

The full depth of the east or rear wall of the tower is now exposed to the air with the removal of accumulated topsoil and general debris. Also exposed, bottom left, is a large earthenwear drain - possibly the drain that served the tank's overflow pipe.

On the west side of the tower the foundations of a small building were exposed - possibly a coal merchant's hut or office. Whatever it was, there are no signs of it having been physically connected to the tower itself.

At the south west corner there is another massive drain (behind the iron plate) around which was a very fine cobbled area.

Digger men Ben (left) and Chris. They and their machines removed 200 tonnes of soil and loose material in order to get down to solid ground around the edges of the tower. Up to nine courses of stone had become buried over the years. It has also become evident that the floor inside the tower is about 750mm higher than the original floor. This probably happened in 1939 when stables with a need for drainage, (see an earlier posting) were built inside the tower. The Midland Railway plans dated 1874 show the lower floor.
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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Some top and bottom images

Here are the east and south ends of the tank, painted and restored to former glory.

This is the base of the east side being dug out to enable us to use a wheeled scaffolding tower to access, prepare and re-glaze the windows. Note the tide-mark where soil had accumulated over the lovely stonework.

The north east corner of the tower, now breathing again.

The south west corner of the tank. Re-painting has turned the final corner - and very fine it looks too.
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Monday, 18 April 2011

Buffers mystery solved

Like a scene straight out of Last of the Summer Wine. Big toys, sunshine and Yorkshire-men with flat caps. The photographer and actors prefer to remain anonymous.
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Sunday, 17 April 2011

Nearly round the bend

The picture shows Gordon the Gondola alongside the last four panels on the south end of the tank. In the morning it will be swung round to the final side - which will be a most welcome milestone. Just 26 panels (out of 72) to go. The fine dry weather has enabled me to make unexpectedly rapid progress.
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Thursday, 14 April 2011


Today, I was quietly painting panels 46 and 47 when I became aware of two old men (or so it sounded) having a really good old moan to each other.    They sounded to be somewhere near to the station.   Try as I might I could not make out what they were saying.   Frustrated, I turned towards the sound and there, right alongside Gordon the Gondola on our lofty perch were two jackdaws - having a good old natter.   Probably, they were discussing this alien in a body harness who had invaded their domain.   There are times when life deals you a very good hand.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Tank panel 42 completed

I am now into the second half  of the painting of the tank panels.   The north and east sides are finished - and look spectacular from Constitution Hill and the High Road.   Settle has a new landmark.   The first six panels of the south end were finished today - the six to the right of the black and white picture at the head of the Blog.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Planning permission granted - after 141 days

Day 141 since our planning application was accepted, it has been granted.   How long is 141 days in terms of trips to the barbers?   It is 3 1/2 times longer than Jesus Christ spent in the Wilderness.
Have a look at
for a picture of the Restoration Man production team anxiously looking at the Craven District Council's website waiting for news.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Planning Permission still awaited

It is now 133 days since we submitted our planning and listed building applications to Craven District Council.   Neither has yet been granted.  Watch this space for any developments.

Meanwhile, come rain of shine, the work of painting the tank continues.   Just finished panel 26 - over  a third of the way there!!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Planning permission awaited

It is now 132 days since we submitted our planning and listed building applications to Craven District Council.   Neither has yet been granted.  Watch this space for any developments.


It is amazing what happens when your back is turned. A set of buffers have appeared in the yard. It must be 40 years or more ago since these things were removed from the vicinity of the water tower and now they're back. I think our good friends at Network Rail may have something to do with this.

If you look to the right of the black and white photograph at the top of the Blog you will see the buffers with a goods wagon resting against them. The buffers will be restored, attached to a length of track and given pride of place in the landscaping scheme.   Anybody out there got a goods wagon?