Calcot, West Berks (click on photograph to bring up bigger/better version).
|Two old turnpike pumps remain at
Calcot (near Reading, but strictly in West Berkshire), and they were part of a
series of such pumps "installed originally to keep the dust down on the London
to Bath Rd." This one is still in its original position on the A4, opposite The
Old Post House. Photo on the left supplied by Holybrook Parish Council -
thanks, David - and thanks to Mike Woolford for the photo on the
Manufacturer: Reportedly Hedges of Bucklebury
| The other turnpike
pump has had to be removed from the verge in the layby which used to be almost
opposite the Calcot Hotel, because of a council road-widening scheme. The
Friends of Linear Park offered a new home for the pump at the Beansheaf
Community Centre, Charrington Road, Calcot, and after a thorough cleaning and
painting have now (2014) re-erected it as the centrepiece in their Sensory
Garden. Thanks to Iain Pate, Secretary of Friends of Linear Park, for the
photos of the pump in its new location, and to Mike Woolford for supplying one
of it where it used to stand (see right).
Markings: None .
Manufacturer: Hedges of Bucklebury.