Thomas Hawksley Tower

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THE THOMAS HAWKSLEY TOWER
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A PIECE OF HISTORY

Named after the engineer that designed the original Bestwood Pumping Station back in 1873, the Thomas Hawksley Tower is perhaps the most iconic part of Lakeside.

Now open to visitors for the first time, it is a striking reminder of the venue’s history and heritage and a unique opportunity to revisit the past. 

VIEW FROM THE TOP

Take the route that Thomas Hawksley himself would have walked, climbing the 75 worn, stone steps of the spiral staircase that has been virtually unchanged since it was built.

And at the top take a breather and gaze out at your reward: far-reaching views over the green fields and woodlands of the Nottinghamshire countryside.

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The tower at Bestwood Pumping Station has been a part of the north-Nottinghamshire landscape for more than 200 years. Built in an Italianate style, the stained-glass windows and ornate domed top were a deliberate attempt by Hawksley to disguise the huge chimney as a more attractive bell tower.

Inside, the exposed brick walls remain virtually untouched. With the exception of additional lighting and the replacement of the occasional unsafe step, the narrow staircase has been preserved exactly as it was.

The tower is open daily, but visits must be booked in advance by emailing enquiries@thelakeside.co.uk.

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