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

Who would have believed, back in 2006, that we'd have exceeded the 5000 mark? Indeed, if I'd had any idea that there were this many old pumps still in existence in the UK, would I ever have embarked upon the project? But now it seems to have taken on a life of its own; and it's largely down to you, the large and faithful band of pump spotters, who continue to send in your photos and reports. Marcus Simms, in Northern Ireland, gets the tick in the box for #5000, but you all know just how much you've contributed, and continue to contribute. My very great gratitude to you all... and here's to the next 5000!
If you'd like to read more, then there's just a few copies left of "The Book"...
Latest Updates
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New! 14 Apr 2018 Stapehill, Dorset; Oxen Park, Cumbs. Updates to Wandsworth (Tooting) and Hillingdon (Uxbridge), London. Update to manufacturer J. Fletcher of Yate.
New! 28 Mar 2018 Ardnaglass, Co. Antrim; Maghery, Co. Armagh. Updates to Kells, Co. Antrim and Holywood, Co. Down. Pump supplier Thomas Kerr, Portadown.
New! 25 Mar 2018 Woolverton, Bath & NE Soms.
New! 22 Mar 2018 Updates to Dorchester, Dorset; and Hartfield, E. Sussex. Update to installer George Hill of Hartfield.
New! 20 Mar 2018 Updates to Aike, Cherry Burton, Skerne and Tickton, E. Yorks. Update to manufacturer J. Villiers of Beverley.

Updated: 14 Apr 2018

Original photographs and text Copyright © 2006-2018 R. K. Williams - exceptions where shown.
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