Although the name suggests the water tower is an industrial building, it is, in fact, an unusual early 18th century garden folly set in what was once a formal pleasure garden. It contains a water pump, which supplied water to the house and kept the fountains flowing.

It’s a quirky brick building with huge windows on the ground floor and a tower rising from the middle ornamented with pinnacles and urns.

Inside, there is a suite of rooms including an orangery, a saloon, once used for entertaining guests and, of course, the pump room. The highlight may well be the so-called bagnio – a room with a cold bath lined with exquisite blue and white Delft tiles.

It’s possible to visit the Water Town on summer Sunday afternoons, courtesy of ┬áthe Water Tower Trust and the Friends of Carshalton Water Tower.

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