Edmondthorpe Pumps (click on photographs to bring up bigger/better versions).
All photographs supplied by John Hurst - thanks, John
wooden-boxed pump is set most unusually in the middle of a long estate wall in
Edmondthorpe, Leics. It's fitted with two handles such as to allow access from
either side of the wall (the second handle can be made out in the photograph on
the right), connected via a common shaft to a single operating rod. The spout
is within the line of the wall, so a chunk of wall has had to be removed in
order to make room for the bucket, although this space has been partially
bricked up again at a later date. The whole set-up is most odd and surely there
must be a story behind it.
village seems to be blessed with unusual pumps. This second one at
Edmondthorpe, Leics, is unique, as far as I can tell - certainly I've found
nothing exactly the same anywhere else in the country to date. A magnificent
spout in the form of a dragon's head.
Markings: A heraldic bird, "WAP" and a date - 1856.