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! 20 Sep 2018 Kennford, Devon; Probus, Portscatho and Tregony, Cornwall. Updates to Falmer, E. Sussex; Kenn, Devon; Gerrans, Penpol and Mylor Bridge, Cornwall. Update to manufacturer Charles Winn of Birmingham.
New! 17 Sep 2018 Barwick, Soms; Penryn & St. Just in Roseland, Cornwall. Update to Halstead, Essex. Manufacturer Williams & Son, Helston. Fake at Budock Water, Cornwall.
New! 12 Sep 2018 Penpol (Point village), Cornwall. Updates to Stisted, Essex; and Illogan, Cornwall. Update and re-classification of Ludham, Norfolk, to How Hill, Norfolk.
New! 7 Sep 2018 Surlingham, Norfolk. Updates to Bretton, Flint; Findon, W. Sussex; Yeovil and Pendomer, Soms; Babbacombe, Torbay.
New! 30 Aug 2018 Denton, East Sussex. Probable fake at Ovingdean, Brighton & Hove.
New! 29 Aug 2018 Happisburgh, Norfolk, and an unlocated pump in W. Berks. Update to Westminster (the Broad St. pump).
New! 20 Aug 2018 Stourton Caundle, Dorset; Bury, W. Sussex. Updates to Chichester, W. Sussex; and Sturminster Marshall, Dorset.

Updated: 20 Sep 2018

Original photographs and text Copyright © 2006-2018 R. K. Williams - exceptions where shown.
See also http://www.machynlleth.info and http://www.gloucesterrugbyheritage.org.uk