|On the beautiful painted roof it reads |
'Swift and House Wigan' 'Swift brothers
Union Foundry Pemberton'
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These black structures on the outside of the building
holds metal poles which cross through the
middle of the building for support. You can see them
on pictures below of the interior.
Here you can see the nearby flats which
have a similar style and shape to
the water tower
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|Amazing views from the tower|
The above is the top floor which would have been used as the water tank, hence the rustiness!
These heavy metal cylindrical objects remain in the centre of the room, the owners are currently looking for a way of either moving them or incorporating them into the design. There are no windows on this floor but as there are currently plans to turn the building into two apartments, velux windows would be put onto the roof of this building.
The swift brothers were engineers and ironfounders. When looking into who they where i found this image
This is a picture of the old Ormskirk Union workhouse which the tower overlooks, It was this workhouse that was supplied by the water tower and was built in 1851-3. Whoever was in charge would be situated at the top of the workhouse so that they could look out of the window to check on all their workers. The workhouse was designed by local architect William Culshaw who also drew up the plans for several other workhouses and buildings in the area.
Here are some wonderful pictures taken at the workhouse around 1900
Miss Amy Masters, superintendent of women's ward, c.1900.
They give a feel of the type of people who would have been around at the time and who would have been using the water tower.