The water tower was divided into two rooms (unfortunately Howell’s original plans are too blurred to
decipher the function of these halves). As described by Tierney, the western half featured an office
(or fume cupboard with large ventilation pipe) and switchgear; with eastern half including the staircase, piping
disappearing into the floor and a “dumb waiter” for winching items up and down the tower.
The bottommost picture shows the eastern room in 2003 with the smashed (or rotten) stairway preventing access.
A ladder had been leant against the wall, but like most ladders in Cane Hill, it was rotten.
Squibb Demolition had cleared the entire area and the base of the water tower was now
swept clean. The original rotten stairs were also gone. However, they’d also erected extensive scaffolding and lashed
up a new ladder. So we were off.