"Lendal Tower" Lendal Tower Tip by Dabs

Lendal Tower, York: 5 reviews and 15 photos

  Lendal Tower
by Dabs

Dating back to 1300, it was originally part of the city's defenses. In 1677 it was leased to the predecessors of the York Waterworks to use as a water tower. The sign on the tower says that the lease was for 500 years for the annual rent of one peppercorn. Who makes a 500 year lease? And for a peppercorn????

Anyway, during the 18th century it was used to house a steam pumping engine until 1850. In 1932 it was renovated and now houses the York Waterworks board rooms.

What I want to know is if they are still paying that peppercorn every year ;-)

Address: Lendal Bridge, York YO1 7DP
Phone: + 00 44 (0)1423 709713
Website: http://lendaltower.com/history.php

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 25, 2006
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