Ridgewell, Essex (click on photograph to bring up bigger/better version).
|An elegant cast iron-clad pump in Ridgewell, Essex. Thanks to John Hurst for the photos. On the back it's inscribed slightly haphazardly:|
|Markings: Ransomes, Ipswich, on the
Manufacturer: Ransomes of Ipswich.
|Ridgewell, Essex. Thanks to John Hurst for the
|A wreck in a field near Ridgewell, Essex. Thanks to John Hurst for
|This unusual contraption at Ridgewell, Essex, was originally over
a deep well at the rear of some cottages in Stambourne, Essex. The device is
known as a "pump jack", which was used to convert a pump to belt drive. It was
originally sold complete with a side wheel and small stand - missing on this
example - which would allow a quick switch between belt drive and handle
operation. Thanks to Bob Taylor for the photos - the one on the right shows how
the rack could be very simply clamped on to the pump - and for establishing the
original location of the pump.
Markings: None visible on the pump, and an indecipherable number on the main cog.
Manufacturer: The style is an exact match for a Climax pump jack, made by Thomas & Son of Worcester.