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The Balkerne Water Tower is a structure of exceptional architectural and historic interest, and is of great importance both nationally and locally
– Historic England.


150 year lease on Jumbo signed!

Jumbo's future is now in the hands of a local charity, North Essex Heritag

This follows the £1million allocated to the restoration of Jumbo from Colchester's award of £18.2 million from the Government's Town Fund.

Attention will now be on alternative designs to make Jumbo into a destination venue, restaurant, visitor experience and historical interpretation space.

See the Latest News page for more details..

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A computer image of Jumbo illuminated at night



The Grade II* listed Jumbo is the largest remaining Victorian water tower in Britain, and an increasingly rare example of one in an original condition.

We will continue to press for our vision for Jumbo as a national heritage attraction, with the maximum practicable public access to a restored building, ample historical interpretation and floodlighting.

Please explore the links on this page for everything about this important and fascinating building.

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Published by the BTT with an introduction by Andrew Phillips, the book is available at Red Lion Books, Waterstones, Firstsite and the Visitor Information Centre, Colchester, price £9.99.

If you live outside Colchester please email Red Lion Books

All profits from its sale will help to secure the future of the tower as a national heritage attraction.

Jumbo water tower
"Its mass is awesome"
(Inspector A J Bingham, Appeal Decision 2001)