An interesting site!
hi. i got a message through my facebook account,reccommending ur website. i live in finedon,and this site is great. The Volta Tower should be remembered for being a great landmark.Well done!
Really interesting site, Jamie.
This is a great site, find the whole story fascinating. Great work.
Great architectural work, esp without brick glue
I didn't even know about the Volta Tower until I heard of it from Jamie.Truly a unique structure and a great pity it was not reconstructed after the disaster.
Good website Jamie, just change the bit bout without mortar, as you said that john bailey said it was made with mortar, didn't he? or anyway someone did! great website!
What a beautiful structure! Thanyou. :)
I think it is great a younger person taking a look at history and passing down information about how Finedon was year's ago.
Brilliant. Nicely put together and a wonderful looking building. If this was in my part of the world I think I'd be obsessed with it.
Really intresting keep at it :), so sad about the lady getting her handbag though :O
Very interesting, something I never knew existed in Finedon, must have been quite a landmark! Finedon's own tower of Pisa!
i paas this site on my way to my daughters and have often wondered about its history,thanks to you i need ponder no more EXELLENT.
Nice site. It's great that the Volta Tower lives on in the memory of people in Finedon and is now recorded here. Thanks for taking the time to do this.
due to bad health,i don't around as much as i used to,when you pass something and you know nothing about it,its brillant when somebody takes the trouble to provide the information.
Hi David, Thanks so much for your lovely comments and it is a pleaure to provide this information. I am working to provide more in the near future :)
thank you ,i would be interested in any other info you may discover
Love the then and now photos Jamie. Very clever!
I drive long distances for my job (live in Leicester), and sometimes travel through Finedon on my way home, and actually consider the old water tower a landmark, which prompted me to find out a bit about the place (every time I drive through, I'm intrigued by Finedon). Finding out about the Volta Tower and the fact that Richard Coles (the piano player in the Communards) is the local vicar, just made it ridiculously more interesting - and I've only driven through on the main road! What a great place.
Thank you for your lovely comment Jon. We are surrounded in history here in Finedon and yes we do indeed have our local celebrities too! Glad I have sparked an interest here. Please check out this site again as it is updated several times a year with new things. Any feedback you can provide is gratefully received.
All the Best and thank you for your lovely comment!
Great site you should bring out a book
All I can say Rob is thank you, and keep your eyes peeled in the future ;-)
Lovely site Jamie, I am sure there must be loads of older people who still live and have lived in Finedon that have memories of this building. Keep up the good work.
Great site Would love to see / hear any memories I'm afraid I was only 3 when the Volta collapsed.
Any chance we could raise enough to re build
I have heard people talking of the tower, i wonder if the under ground blasting from the mine had anything to do with the collapse? I did see a map of the extensive mines that surround the south east of Finedon and i would not want to own a house on that estate! Also the A6 is shored up underground with a lorry in situ full of stone!
A fitting tribute to a lovely and fascinating piece of history. It's also nice to know that those who passed are also remember in the tribute.
Thanks for sharing that Jamie!
What a nice thought to create this website. I was at the Girls Junior School (the old one in Church Street) when we heard of the collapse.
Thank you for your comment, this website is the least I can do. I feel this building was such a diamond gem that it needs to be preserved by modern means of technology which will keep it remembered for many future generations to learn about and become interested in.
I would love to hear anything you can recall about the tower, any memories, physical details you can remember, people, and your account of hearing of the news of the towers collapse.
My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to hear from you soon!
Facinating to see your site as my brother and I are probably the only surviving people to have actually lived in the tower. John and Florence Northen were our grandparents. Thank you for lighting the candle.
Hello Rosemary, This is absolutely fascinating information. There are so many things I would love to ask you. Is there any chance you could send me an email?
My email address for all things Volta Tower is:
Look forward to hearing from you!
And Diana Barrett too? I know my Dad (Bill Aldwinckle) lived there during the war.
I run a vintage postcards online store and am delighted to have been able to supply a 1906 postcard written by a previous resident of the Tower. I am now intrigued and fascinated by the history of the place and look forward to more information being discovered! Well done Jamie for a wonderful website and FB page. Keep up the good work!
Thank you so much for your kind comment Tyne. It was fascinating to read of the postcard that came into your hands and I cannot wait to update this site and be able to hopefully solve the mystery of who the sender of that postcard actually is, knowing that it is definitely someone who once lived in the tower.
It has become a definite quest now to find out that person's identity! Little did they know back in 1906 that 107 years later their first name was going to be investigated back in their home town of Finedon!
Thank you again for your kind words and please keep your eyes peeled on this site on Facebook, a lot is going to be happening! :-)
Very interesting website! I am tracing my Welsh roots and hope to visit Wales someday! Thank you for putting up all this information.
I am not from Finedon I am from Rushden, but I have spent a lot of time in Finedon and I love the people as much as the place itself. I have always been intrigued by Finedon and its many interesting places. My Mum told me about the Volta Tower years ago and it has always fascinated me! I would love a house that looked like that now! Excellent website, keep up the good work.
Thank you very much for your lovely comment, Donna. I am glad you like the website and hold an interest in the tower.
It's a shame that efforts have not been made to reconstruct the tower. Has the idea never been put forward?
Unfortunately Langdon many people have asked this question before but as far as I know no effort was ever made, nor any ideas put forward.
It's a shame that these buildings have to be lost. For a while it looked as though you were going to lose Finedon Hall, but at least that was saved, albeit at the expense of its grounds and the features therein.
I, too,was at Finedon Junior Girls when the tower collapsed. The fire engine could be seen going up Church Hill from the playground. After school we all went up Station Rd...it was a horrible sight
Saw this on Facebook and I'm very grateful for that. I was 6 months old when the tower collapsed and I remember my late mother used to tell me stories about it when I was growing up. She was always fascinated with the history of Finedon even though we left it in 1964.
Love to see these old buildings. .this one is particularly beautiful and has a rather ironic tale dont you think. Such a shame it has gone for ever apart from the pic and a gargoyle!! The Findon individual won't let you have a pic of it for the site then ??
Im from Glasgow, never been there but after a friend oosted a photo on fb of the tower my curiosity got the better of me. Ive fair enjoyed the site and learning the history. As said by just about everyone, its very interesting.
Hats off to you
What a great tribute you have made, really found this most Interesting,i mentioned once or twice on historic FB sites. Keep good work up.
I am sitting with my 93 year old mother showing her your website.....she was born and raised in Finedon, as I was also......after looking at the pictures, her comment was, "I have fond memories of pushing my children around and looking at that beautiful building. She knew the lady that passed away when the tower fell. Our whole family have pictures of the tower on our walls. We now live in the USA.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.