Village Pumps More than you ever thought you needed to know about... Village Pumps

Welcome to this unique website, dedicated to the study of old Village Pumps in the UK, investigating their remaining locations, their design and manufacture, their history, and the relationship to their communities then and now. From the fanciful: To the functional: To the forgotten:
Southwold Pump Over Norton Pump East Ilsley Pump Chedworth Pump Raithby Pump Neen Sollars Pump

The menu on the left should be self-explanatory. The ever-growing Directory is a location index leading to the core of the site, where you can find details and photographs of thousands of old pumps. Check to see if your local pump is included yet and, if it isn't, then why not send me the details, along with a photograph if possible, and I'll add it to the collection. Please note (after adding a single representative example of each type) I'm no longer including any pumps that can be bought new, e.g., those that are widely sold through garden centres or are installed in parks or at seaside wash-down areas.

The UK Distribution Map provides an alternative method of getting to the pump details. The red numbers that appear against each County/Unitary Authority/Region are derived from the National Register of Village Pumps, which currently totals:


Current Total

If you'd like to read more, then there's just a few copies left of "The Book"...
Latest Updates

New! 4 Sep 2019 Iden, E. Sussex; Winterborne Houghton, Dorset. Updates to Bremhill, Wilts; and Rye, E. Sussex.

New! 26 Aug 2019 Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset. Sankyn's Green, Lower Broadheath and Hallow, Worcs. Removal of Lower Witley, Worcs. Updates to Little Witley, Sytchampton, Grimley and Hillside, Worcs.
New! 14 Aug 2019 Far Sawrey, Cumbs; Bremhill, Wilts; Wilcove, Cornwall; Dolphinton, S. Lanarks; Ryal, Northumbs. Update to Distribution Map.
New! 11 Aug 2019 Pendeen, Cornwall. Updates to Cowbridge, Vale of Glam; and Sible Hedingham, Essex.
New! 2 Aug 2019 Thatcham, Sulhampstead & Hamstead Marshall, W. Berks. Updates to Oxford; Port Isaac, Cornwall; Calbourne and Ryde, IoW. Write-up of a pump restoration project in Highbrook churchyard. Manufacturer Edwards & Godding of Newbury.
New! 30 Jul 2019 Cury, Cornwall; Sutton Benger (Draycot Cerne), Wilts; Oldfield, Bliss Gate, Upper Rochford, Mamble, Little Witley and Lower Witley, Worcs. Updates to Sytchampton, Stanford Bridge and Great Witley, Worcs. Update to manufacturer E.Distin of Totnes.

Updated: 4 Sep 2019

Original photographs and text Copyright © 2006-2019 R. K. Williams - exceptions where shown.
See also http://www.machynlleth.info and http://www.gloucesterrugbyheritage.org.uk