We bought the Tower in 1991 – planning permission was obtained and work started in July 1992 to convert it to a 5 bedroom dwelling.
There are now four floors plus the roof terrace and a cellar.
We moved into the first habitable parts in April 1994, but work continued for another 3 or 4 years!!
The Tower is approximately 45 feet high.
There is a marker on the front of the building saying ‘Above sea 239 ft’ with a line and arrow – this is believed to be the level of the bottom of the water tanks. The corbels which supported the girders which held the tanks can be seen at the top of the stairs and on the lower terrace.
There is a cast iron gate and spike-topped end railing in the garden. These are remains of railings, which were pulled down in the Hyde Park Riot of 1866 and brought down to Swanage as ballast for the return journey of the stone barges and erected here to enclose the tower plot. Most of the rest of the railings were taken as metal scrap during the war.
The roof is approx 75cms lower than it was originally, to satisfy health and safety authorities (and to help prevent vertigo!!!) From the roof a 360’ view is obtained – over Swanage bay and town – up the valley towards Corfe (although Corfe cannot be seen due to a bend in the valley) – over some of Durlston Country Park – across the sea to the Isle of Wight and past Old Harry Rocks towards Bournemouth.
The tower now consists of:- GROUND FLOOR – * Kitchen/breakfast room, up three steps to sitting area and access by spiral staircase to *Minstrels gallery (and from there through to Master bedroom via small door). *A Cellar beneath sitting area accessed by raising a section of the steps. *A dining room opening into *Conservatory with views out to sea and across town to the beach. A double bedroom (Bedroom 2) with access through window to rear footpath (Taunton Rd). A Bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle and W.C. Stairwell leading down two steps to Study and through door to Utility room with water softener and gas boilers for Central heating, Belfast Sink and white units.
From stairwell up to first floor Master bedroom (1) and en suite bathroom with shower cubicle, washbasin, W.C. and bidet. The room also has access back through small door to Minstrels Gallery. Up stairs to 2nd floor with two double bedrooms (3 & 4) and Bathroom with W.C. Washbasin, Bidet and shower cubicle.
Up to 3rd floor with Double Bedroom (5)/ studio with patio doors onto lower terrace, W.C with washbasin, door onto lower terrace from which stairs access the roof terrace with spectacular 360 deg. views across Town, Swanage Bay to Old Harry Rocks and Bournemouth beyond, The Isle of Wight, and the Purbeck hills. There are wonderful sea and/or countryside views from all windows in the Tower.
Outside. A driveway with parking for four cars and a double garage. Gardens – all to the front and side of the property laid to lawn and established flower beds.