| "Won't Get Fooled Again"
(Fakes, Replicas and Assorted Street Objects)
|This pump, in Bourne,
Lincs, looks like a very rough concrete casting. Thanks to John Hurst for the
Markings: A very indistinct shield, possibly derived from a Bamford's pump.
|Whereas these seem to
be much better-finished versions of the same model pump, in concrete. The one
on the left is in Northern Ireland, and the other was advertised on ebay.
Thanks to Marcus Simms for the photos.
Markings: A distinct shield, with the words "STRATFORD PUMP", a date - and a possible "C". A model offered for sale online by Border Stoneware clarifies that the shield states "STRATFORD HARVEST HOME PUMP", "1878" and a ©.
Manufacturer: Made by Border Stoneware Ltd.
|And another -
different, but along the same lines, at Farthinghoe, Northants. Thanks to Mike
Woolford for the photo.
Markings: None visible in the photo.
|There are a number of these around. The "pump" is just a sheet
metal pressing, the "spout" is supported, and the "handle"... just isn't a
handle. Thanks to John Hurst for the photo on the left, at Middleton Quernhow.
N. Yorks. The pump on the right is at Whitefield Park, Whitefield, Greater
Manchester, and is taken from www.geograph.org.uk's site.
Markings: None discernible on the "pump" itself.
|A plastic replica pitcher pump mounted on a barrel at Tarring,
Worthing. Thanks to Paul Snelling for the photo.
|A well-made Chinese cast iron replica of a typical Belfast pattern
pump. But even the handle is cast iron, which certainly isn't authentic - they
should be wrought iron - and as a result such handles are often found to have
snapped (see photo on the right). Thanks to Marcus Simms for the photos, and
for coming up with a means of telling real
Belfast pattern pumps from Chinese copies.
Markings: "RANKIN & CO. BALLYMENA".
Manufacturer: Unk, but offered for sale by various garden centres.
|Another Belfast pattern replica pump, seen advertised on ebay.
Thanks to Marcus Simms for the photo.
|The one on the left is very close to being a perfect replica,
except for the fact that there's no fulcrum bolt and the entire pump is made
from plastic. Thanks to Marcus Simms for the photo. Subsequently, he's found
one offered for sale online which seems to be made from concrete (see
Markings: A "3" near the top of the pump.
|An example of any number of plastic "garden feature" mock-ups now
offered for sale on line. Thanks to Marcus Simms for the
Markings: A Lion and "MADE IN ENGLAND". (How dare they appropriate such a revered trademark...)
|Another example of plastic "garden feature" mock-ups. Thanks to
Marcus Simms for the photo.
|Yet another. Thanks to Marcus Simms for the
|They've made an effort at Sledmere House, Sledmere, E. Yorks, to
reproduce a structure that looks like a pump in the stable yard, on the site of
where in all probability there were two pumps in years gone by. However, it
features a tap which is connected to the water mains, and the handle is
non-functional. Thanks to John Hurst for the photo.
|King's Nympton, Devon - thanks to John Hurst for the photos. This
turns out to be a non-working replica, used for advertising purposes when the
company started up in the mid-1980s. The giveaway is the very lightweight
fulcrum, and it's likely that the broken handle was cast iron, too. Thanks to
Tony Harris of T P Pumps Ltd, for the
historical information. Subsequently we've discovered that a pump at
Pentrefoelas, Conwy, is identical (minus the lettering).
Markings: "TP PUMPS" on the barrel.
Manufacturer: Made for T P Pumps, a modern day company.
|This is on the green by the Britannia Inn, in Queniborough, Leics - thanks to Mike Woolford for the photos. It carries a plaque which reads:|
QUENIBOROUGH PARISH PUMP
RE-SITED BY THE PARISH COUNCIL
TO COMMEMORATE 50 YEARS
OF PEACE 1945-95
|Markings: None other.
|We had our suspicions about this one in Upton St. Leonards, Glos,
for some long time, and at last we've got a close-up. It's a fake, complete
with electricity cable. Thanks to Mike Woolford for
Markings: "LICKEY HILLS CASTING COMPANY NO 4 and FC1874".
Manufacturer: Apparently the Lickey Hills Casting Company - no further information.
|On first inspection all looks in order at Randalstown, Co. Antrim
- except that it's a 2-D picture of a pump. In fact Marcus Simms has proved
through some excellent detective work that the original pump is located in
Gracehill, Co. Antrim. .
|At Hessle, near High Ackworth, W. Yorks, this pump is entirely
wooden, and with a solid, square section, spout. Thanks to John Hurst for the
photos and for checking it out.
|And there's this structure at Birdingbury, which is simply a very
substantial wooden post fitted with an iron spout and handle. (Click on the
thumbnail for a different view). It was installed in 2012, replacing an earlier
wooden pump. Thanks to Mike Woolford for checking this out.
|This garden feature at Ovingdean, Brighton & Hove,
continuously pumps water. On closer inspection it surely cannot be a pump - all
the angles are wrong. Thanks to Alex Vincent for the photo.
|A "feature" at Budock Water, Cornwall. Thanks to John Hurst for
|And some that are initially thought to be pumps turn out to be anything but:|
stenchpipe at Monyash, Derbs?
Thanks to Mike Woolford for the photo.
| This one at Glinton, Peterborough,
isn't a pump, but a water pillar, connected to the water mains. An instruction
plate explains that the handle needs to be pushed down in order to depress a
valve plunger. John Hurst reminds us that there's a similar one on the quayside
at St. Ives, Cambs.
See manufacturer's information at http://www.ajbernasconi-design.co.uk/021.html
|After some deliberation, we've concluded that this device, at Ulwell, Dorset, made by Guest & Chrimes of Rotherham & London, is in fact a water pillar. Thanks to Mike Faherty for the photo.||A weighing machine at Blackpool Mill, Pembs. Thanks to Ruth Roberts for the photo.||This apparent pump at Rickford, N. Soms is in fact a form of hydrant - the wheel carries the wording "OPEN/SHUT", which implies that it controls a valve and hence water under pressure. Thanks to Neil Owen for the photo.||This device in Stetchworth High St, Essex, looks suspiciously like a water pillar. Thanks to Bob Taylor for the photo.|
pillar at Corby Glen, Lincs, and there's another similar one in the High St.
Elsewhere there's the comment "The water supply was improved by W. H. Woodhouse
of Irnham Hall, bringing it from a spring to standpipes".
Thanks to Bob Harvey for clarification that "the water supply was gravity fed from a brick lined open topped tank further up the hill toward Irnham, which does not survive. That was fed, in turn, by a natural spring. Thanks to Joan Deane for the photo.
A double-spouter at Claverley, Shrops, but it's not what it
seems. There's no sign of a fulcrum nor of any other mounting device for a
handle - or indeed any room for one above the upper spout, where it would have
had to have been. The hole piercing the barrel at right angles to the lower
spout is puzzling, too.
But the old maps do show a pump at this location, and it does seem to include some genuine pump parts. Nevertheless, the conclusion is that this structure was almost certainly a standpipe, connected to the nearby mains supply, which is indicated by a yellow hydrant cover in the road. Thanks to John Hurst for the photo and for checking things out.
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