Lendal Tower - Museum Street, York, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 53° 57.611 W 001° 05.226
30U E 625502 N 5980785
Quick Description: Lendal Tower stands on the north east bank of the River Ouse just to the west of the north end of Lendal Bridge.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/10/2013 12:11:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMGHYZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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Long Description:

The plaque, that is fixed to the wall of the tower but can be read from the bridge, reads:

Lendal Tower

Dating from about 1300, it was originally part of the City's defences, with a defensive chain stretching from here to the Tower on the opposite bank. In 1677 it was leased to the predecessors of The York Waterworks Plc for five hundred years, at an annual rent of one peppercorn, for use as a water tower. During the 18th century it housed a steam pumping engine modified to the design of John Smeaton FRS. then a proprietor of the Waterworks. It ceased to be used for those purposes in 1850. In 1932 it was refurbished and now houses the Company's Board Rooms.

The History of York website [visit link] adds:

"Lendal Tower has stood next to the River Ouse since about the 1300.

It was originally part of the City's defences. In medieval times a great iron chain which was stored in the tower was pulled across the river to Barker Tower on the opposite bank.

The chain was a barrier to boats on the river, protecting the city in times of trouble and enabling tolls to be charged for entry.

In 1677 the tower was leased for 500 years to the York waterworks company.  Water was pumped from the tower into pipes that ran throughout York.  This role continued for 200 years, until in 1836 a dedicated engine house was built (this is the red-brick building adjoining Lendal Tower).

From then on the Tower has had various uses as offices, store and private residence."

Type of Historic Marker: Plaque

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