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The Balkerne Water Tower is a structure of exceptional architectural and historic interest, and is of great importance both nationally and locally
– Historic England.


The Plans for Jumbo

Jumbo Uses

[Uses may change as design proposals develop.]

North Essex Heritage (NEH), which has a 150 year lease on Jumbo, plans to restore and develop the magnificent Grade II* listed tower for the public benefit. The Balkerne Tower Trust fully supports this endeavour and is working closely with NEH.

North Essex Heritage Jumbo Project Website

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Please explore the links on this page for everything about this important and fascinating building.

What has BTT achieved?


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Published by the BTT with an introduction by Andrew Phillips, it is available at Red Lion Books, Waterstones, the Mercury Theatre and the Visitor Information Centre, Colchester, price £9.99.

If you live outside Colchester please email Red Lion Books

All profits from its sale will help secure the future of the tower as a national heritage attraction.

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