Middleton (click on photographs to bring up bigger/better versions).
on display outside a house at Middleton, Shrops. Photo supplied by Paul
Snelling - thanks, Paul.
Markings: The one on the left carries a maker's plate, but it's too far away to discern.
|This old pump at Aston Square, near Middleton (the one near Oswestry), Shrops, is largely of wooden construction, although twice renovated. Thanks to John Hurst for the photos. The nearby plaque reads:|
| ASTON SQUARE PUMP
THIS VERY OLD PUMP WITH ITS HAND-FORGED MECHANISM
ENCLOSED IN WOOD PRE-DATES CAST IRON PUMPS, THE
BARREL AND CASE BEING OF A HOLLOWED-OUT TRUNK OF
WOOD SITUATED OVER A SHALLOW WELL. IT WAS FOR MANY
DECADES THE WATER SUPPLY FOR THIS HAMLET BUT THE
PUMP IS NOW RIGID BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF POLLUTION
OF THE WELL WATER.
UNDER LEASE, THE PUMP WAS RENOVATED IN 1986 BY OSWESTRY
RURAL PARISH COUNCIL AND AGAIN IN 1999 WITH GRANT AID.
PLEASE TREAT THIS HISTORICAL ARTIFACT WITH CARE.
OSWESTRY RURAL PARISH COUNCIL, OSWESTRY BOROUGH COUNCIL,
LEADER 11 PROJECT & SHROPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
|Markings: None other, externally.