|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:|
|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 that after adding a
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.
Fakes, replicas, water pillars and assorted street objects that have fooled us in the past now have a page of their own.
And I've added a "grey-out" feature to indicate where a pump has been lost since we photographed it. Thankfully, it's a rare occurrence.
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:
Just before Christmas 2020 we received the sad news that one of our most loyal contributors, Mike Woolford, had passed away. He was based in Oxfordshire but often roamed further afield, pump-hunting. Thanks for everything, Mike - we'll miss you.
|If you'd like to read more, then there are just a few copies left of "The Book"...|
| 9 Sep2021 East Grinstead, W. Sussex. Update to Leigh Sinton.,
27 Aug 2021 Wichenford, Worcs. Update to Atworth, Wilts.
20 Aug 2021 Staverton, Wilts. How a Chain Pump Works.
15 Aug 2021 Rossington, S. Yorks; Coleford, Soms. Update to Wetherby, W. Yorks; Norton, S. Yorks; Perranwell, Cornwall.
31 Jul 2021 Update to Lydbury North, Shrops.
29 Jul 2021 Whiddon Down, Devon; Lydbury North, Shrops; Callow End, Worcs; Morpeth, Northumbs.
Pump for Sale
3D Printing of Replacement Caps now available.
Updated: 9 Aug 2021
Original photographs and text Copyright © 2006-2021 R. K. Williams - exceptions where shown.
See also http://www.machynlleth.info and http://www.gloucesterrugbyheritage.org.uk