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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Pannal Tower Visit

This afternoon we visited Maj and Carol Nadry at their stunning Pannal water tower restoration, near Harrogate:
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We were again able to listen, learn and share experiences.   Their project is very well advanced but is on hold right now bcause of planning problems - hopefully soon to be resolved.

Their tower is weather proof with stunning new windows and a room in the tank:
The insides of the cast iron tank plates were foam sprayed by the same foam spray wizard who did ours.   The entire tank is roofed and cosy.   The view from their hilltop location is incredible.   On the floor below the tank there was an unwelcome surprise - the steel girders supporting the tank had corroded badly  at the ends and the costly solution was masses of new steel supports below the original girders:

On the ground floor there are three deep wells which supplied the water.   Well, well, well.
Two have been capped but the third will become a novel feature, 130 feet deep, lit and topped with walk-on glass:

The intrepid George Clarke has been down there and brought up a sample of the water from the very bottom.   If it is OK on analysis the Nadrys may well (sorry) have the best water supply in Harrogate.   At the least it could become a secondary water suppy - much as our harvested rainwater.

Although on a hilltop location the Pannal tower is surrounded by tall trees and is exceptionally well (sorry again) camouflaged.  

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Meet the Gibbonses and High Legh Water Tower

  This amazing structure is #HighLeghWaterTower in Cheshire whose proud owners Michele and Andrew Gibbons visited us today to pick our brains and to share problems - and solutions.

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This is their tower as-is and below is how it will be:

Another wow of a building eh?   It too will feature on Restoration Man eventually.

Here is Pat and the Gibbonses who are facing a huge challenge.   But WHAT a magnificent one.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Pannal Water Tower

Many moons ago we had a visit from Maj and Carol Nadry.   They had just bought a water tower near Harrogate at auction soon after our tower first appeared on TV.   We have been sharing problems and solutions ever since.   Restoration Man have been covering their project too.  See
for a Blog entry in October 2013.

They are just about there!   This is how it looked before:

And after:


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Stones in the Works

   Had the gas central heating serviced and a water leak was discovered which necessitated a new boiler pump.  Just LOOK what we found inside it:

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This was the debris in the pump itself.   Heaven knows what is elsewhere in the lengthy and complicated system of valves, taps, pipes and two other pumps.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Really Naff

Had a visit today from a Cor Blimey Cockney sounding chap.   He had come a bit early to see today's steam train and had time on his hands.   He was showing obvious interest in the water tower so I invited him to have a wander round and take what pictures he liked.

After he had done his circuit and signed the visitors book he delivered his verdict:

"When I saw this on the telly I thought it was REALLY naff * "

I hung my head in shame and awaited amplification.   It came:

"Now that I've seen it in real life I must say it's not THAT naff"

That's OK then eh?



unstylish; lacking taste; inferior.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

A Right Lovely Day Out

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Today we (daughter Lorna and grandsons James and Ben) fired up Gladys Emmanuel and went for a drive through the countryside of the Forest of Bowland area of outstanding natural beauty.   We went to Clitheroe Castle and had a picnic - thank you Lorna.
Then back via Chatburn, Sawley and Bolton by Bowland where we posed by the village green.

100 year old Gladys didn't miss a beat and took most of the hills in top - where we could get a run at them.

Before we set off we saw the Duchess of Sutherland race through Settle station

Thursday, 14 August 2014

David Maidment OBE Visits

One of the fascinating bonuses of living at the water tower is the constant stream of visitors, among whom are the occasional celebrities and the great and the good.

Today we had a surprise visit from David Maidment O.B.E., founder of the Railway Children charity
The Railway Children

In Settle to receive a cheque, David - a railwayman to the core - could not resist seeing the place and pronounced himself delighted.
Picture shows David Maidment with his granddaughter Emma

Not only is David a thoroughly good egg, he actually has a Class 66 locomotive named after him:

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He speaks fondly of being invited to a locomotive naming ceremony in his then capacity as Chairman of the Railway Children.  He was astonished to be invited out from the crowd to pull the cord, only to find that his was the name on the side.   He says he was lost for words.   I bet.