Caister Water Tower Opened in 1932
Caister Water Tower has been a dominant landmark on the east Norfolk coast for over 80 years. It was opened in 1932 by the Great Yarmouth Waterworks Copany and stands 49 metres high so is clearly visible on the horizon for miles around. It can easily been seen from the A47 Acle Straight road and the main Norwich to Great Yarmouth railway line. The unique shape is likened to an ice cream and is one of the few oldest surviving examples in the world.
To the local people living in the village of Caister and the houses around it, it is a massive concrete, twin-tanked structure. The tower can still hold over 3 million litres of water and serves Caister-on-Sea, the local villages, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston-on-Sea. The original purpose of the Caister Water Tower was to provide gravity-aided water pressure and fresh water storage for these areas.
In the past, there used to be organised school trips to the top of the tower and, during the second world war, the tower was camouflaged with coloured paints to make it difficult to see from the air. More recently, the Caister Water Tower has been used to support police communication and mobile phone masts. It is still in use today and is regularly serviced and maintained.