Historic tower in Sandiway may be reconstructed

Conservationists to discuss rebuilding of 19th century Round Tower destroyed by car

Ken Hewitt
The Round Tower at Sandiway before it was destroyed

Talks will be held to discuss  the potential reconstruction of  one of Cheshire’s most cherished landmarks after it was  destroyed by a car on Thursday, November 14.

The grade II listed Round Tower Lodge which has stood  central to the village of Sandiway since the 1800s, was reduced to just a pile of bricks  after a red Corsa crashed into it  at about 10.30pm.

The driver, a 50-year-old local  woman, was taken to Leighton  Hospital with minor injuries  and police are currently investigating what caused the  crash.

 

In the aftermath of the incident, an inspector from  Cheshire West and Chester  Council’s Building Control  team deemed the monument to  be unsafe, so contractors were  brought in to carefully demolish the remaining structure,  which was built circa 1816.

As a result, commuters were  faced with massive tailbacks  this morning after Highways  closed the A556 road between  Davenham and Sandiway to  clear the debris. It later reopened at about 9.30am.

The tower bricks are currently   being carefully stored and a  meeting is due to take place  between Highways and conservationists who will consult with English Heritage to discuss the tower’s  possible reconstruction.

Weaver and Cuddington councillor Charles Fifield said: “I  was shocked when I saw pictures of the collision on the  Cheshire police Twitter feed  last night and immediately  alerted the council.

“However I was very pleased to  discover that the Highways  Duty Officer and the Building  Control Duty Officer were  already on the scene.

“The officer stayed there  throughout the night and  morning until the unsafe  structure had been demolished.

“My first thoughts are for the  motorist concerned and I wish  her a speedy recovery.

“I know that residents from across Northwich and beyond  will be joining me today in  thinking about the Round  Tower – a well loved local landmark and I hope that it can be  reconstructed,” he added.

 

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