Iconic Everton landmark sold at auction

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Everton Water Tower, Margaret Street. Pic © Jake O’Neill JMU Journalism

Everton’s iconic Water Tower has today been sold at auction for £71,000.

The sale took place at the AJ Bell stadium in Salford this morning, with an anonymous bidder securing the purchase.

The Grade II listed building is a brick‐built landmark that can be seen from many areas of the city. It was designed in 1847 by Liverpool’s first water engineer, Thomas Duncan, as part of Victorian improvements to public health and sanitation.

Pugh Managing director Paul Thompson said: “This is a unique building and one that is an important part of Victorian Liverpool. It will be fantastic if it can be given a new lease of life.”

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He added: “We have become the go‐to auction house for unusual and historic properties and it is always satisfying when the right buyer comes forward, who is sympathetic to the building and its history. Hopefully this will be the case with Everton Water Tower.”

The landmark was first put up for auction by owners United Utilities early last year, after it was declared redundant.

The building was withdrawn from sale shortly afterwards after a charity came forward with proposals for the water tower.

These plans appear to have failed, and the tower was put back up for auction.