Water Tower, Summer Hill, Chislehurst, c. 1960


Although built as a store for water, being on the top of Summer Hill, the Water Tower was also designed to be the grand entrance to George Wythes' Bickley Park estate. The building also contained two flats.

Erected about 1860, by the time this picture was taken 100 years later, the building had deteriorated and was soon declared unfit for habitation.

Already a severe bottleneck on what had long since become the main road to Bromley, both problems were solved in 1963 by demolition - despite a late campaign to save it.

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