Catalogue Pump Restoration of Pump and Well Catalogue Pump

Barry Smith in Shropshire reports that 30 years ago he noticed a pump flange in the ground at the back of his house, so he bought an old water pump and bolted it to the flange, simply as a garden feature. About a year ago he was doing some excavation work in the area of the pump and discovered a filled-in well - what else to do but restore both the well and the pump?
The digging out of the well turned out to be a major task, with bricks and rubble still being removed at a depth of 17'. The whole process was complicated by the need to pump out water at regular intervals - which at least confirmed that there was still water within reach. The original cast iron downpipe was found to be in situ but badly corroded and blocked: eventually it simply broke off.

A new downpipe was made up from a 17' length of 2" stainless steel with a flange welded at the top end to bolt it to the base of the pump and a filter fitted to a flange at the bottom end. Gaskets were made and fitted between all flanges. As a nice finishing touch, the downpipe was covered in matt black vinyl and one foot markings added, so as to indicate the water depth.

The pump itself needed a lot of attention - the plunger was in a bad state and the inside surface of the barrel was severely corroded.

The only solution was to make a thin-walled stainless steel liner, which fitted snugly within the barrel, the inside diameter being ideal for a new 75mm plunger (purchased from the ever-reliable W. Robinson & Sons). A flange was welded to the end of the liner, so as to secure it to the pump.
A new inlet valve leather was found to be available at very reasonable cost, but in the USA and the vendors wouldn't supply it to the UK. As it happened, our intrepid pump restorer was going to America for a holiday, and simply arranged for the spare part to be delivered to his US hotel address.
Barry made some steel mounting brackets to hold the pump and downpipe, did a bit of above-ground bricklaying and fitted a safety grill over the well (not to mention some hidden electric lighting).
Clearly some significant skills were employed to get this old pump working again, but it just shows what can be done.