History Trail

14    Water Tank

Prior to being connected to mains water supply, water for house use was obtained by storing rain water from the roof that collected in corrugated iron water tanks.

Originally the tanks were mounted on the roof of each bathroom, with two tanks being installed later on tank stands. The picture at left shows the water tanks and stands in the mid-1960s.

Unfortunately, due to their method of construction, none of the original tanks survived in good enough

condition to be restored. However, the foundations for one of the tanks stands can still be seen at the rear of the house at the north-west corner.

Built by generous donation by local tradesmen, this water tank and the wooden platform on which it stands are replicas to indicate what was there in the past.

The water stored in this tank is stored for use by the Friends to water the garden beds in the grounds. While mains supply is still connected for garden use, this tank reduces water usage from that source and provides water for the gardens during supply restrictions.

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