The Old Water Tower was part of the Atlas Works, the home of R. Hunt & Company.
Constructed in 1885 it formed an integral part of the Foundry that manufactured and supplied iron Agricultural Machinery and various other cast items across the world.
The Atlas Works closed in 1988 but it is not unusual to see R. Hunt & Co machines still in use in many countries.
Most of the site has been redeveloped for housing, but the Grade II Listed Victorian industrial buildings have been retained and renovated for uses including commercial, light industrial or live/work units and even a new doctors’ surgery, while the Water Tower, of course, now houses our museum.
to find us:
travelling from the West (Halstead):
about 100 yards past the Zebra Crossing,
take the first right into Massingham Drive -
keep on this road and the museum is on your
travelling from the east via Earls Colne High Street:
take the second left after the Zebra Crossing
into Massingham Drive, keep on this road and
the museum is on your left.
on a lamppost opposite the turn into Massingham Drive is a small brown sign pointing to the museum