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OUR VISION FOR JUMBO

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Jumbo is the largest remaining Victorian water tower in Britain, and one of the few that has not been converted to a house or flats. Balkerne Tower Trust, a registered charity, aims to make this unique building a national public attraction.

Our priority is to establish guided public tours of this Grade II* listed building, then in stages to carry out repairs and develop exhibition space. It would be the only major original water tower in Britain open to the public. For more information about our aims please see our Manifesto and watch our short video.

Jumbo has had a series of private owners since 1987. A penthouse conversion plan allowed on appeal in 2001 was never carried out, and developers have admitted that any commercial development is a poor financial proposition. Meanwhile this magnificent building continues to deteriorate.

For the current situation please see the Latest News page.

JUMBO INTERPRETATION PANEL UNVEILED
BY SIR BOB RUSSELL

Please click here for details.

LATEST JUMBO PLANS REFUSED BY A BIG MAJORITY

Full details here


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Jumbo water tower
"Its mass is awesome"
(Inspector A J Bingham, Appeal Decision 2001)