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:
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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 "The Book"...
Latest Updates
catalogue pump
New! 12 Jun 2017 Orton Wistow, Peterborough; Sproxton, Leics; Maiden Newton, Dorset. Update to Barrowby, Lincs. Unknown mark "DF".
New! 10 Jun 2017 Update to "How Pumps Work".
New! 6 Jun 2017 Downend, IoW. Unknown manufacturer G H Pumps.
New! 5 Jun 2017 Glynde, East Sussex; updates to Hastings and Upper Dicker, East Sussex; update to Great Longstone, Derbs.
New! 31 May 2017 Drayton Parslow and Swanbourne, Bucks; Hampreston, Dorset; update to Ditchling, Sussex. Manufacturer Alexander & Duncan, Leominster.
New! 29 May 2017 Update to Foxton, Cambs.

Updated: 12 Jun 2017

Original photographs and text Copyright © 2006-2017 R. K. Williams - exceptions where shown.
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