The tower was in the local newspapers a couple of weeks ago, as the City Council has approved a budget of £251,000 for waterproofing work, the first major structural refurbishment since the Grade II listed building was opened in 1909. It's another public building constructed by James Williamson MP (Lord Ashton) as a monument to, well, himself. He wasn't a man of moderate tastes, and personally I prefer The Roundhouse
to his highly ornamented yet ultimately monolithic edifice. Few buildings demand the title 'edifice', but this is one, as it was certainly intended to edify.