"Won't Get Fooled Again" (Fakes and Replicas)

bourne This pump, in Bourne, Lincs, looks like a very rough concrete casting. Thanks to John Hurst for the photo.

Markings: A very indistinct shield, possibly derived from a Bamford's pump.

Manufacturer: Unk.

stratford replica 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.
stratford replica

farthinghoe And another - different, but along the same lines, at Farthinghoe, Northants. Thanks to Mike Woolford for the photo.

Markings: None visible in the photo.

Manufacturer: Unk.

middleton quernhow 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.

Manufacturer: Unk.

worthing A plastic replica pitcher pump mounted on a barrel at Tarring, Worthing. Thanks to Paul Snelling for the photo.

Markings: None.

Manufacturer: Unk.

chinese rankin 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.


Manufacturer: Unk, but offered for sale by various garden centres.
snapped handle

replica, 2016 Another Belfast pattern replica pump, seen advertised on ebay. Thanks to Marcus Simms for the photo.

Markings: None.

Manufacturer: Unk.

Lisburn plastic cowstail 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 right).

Markings: A "3" near the top of the pump.

Manufacturer: Unk.
concrete cowtail, 2016

evans replica An example of any number of plastic "garden feature" mock-ups now offered for sale on line. Thanks to Marcus Simms for the photo.

Markings: A Lion and "MADE IN ENGLAND". (How dare they appropriate such a revered trademark...)

Manufacturer: Unk.

Another example of plastic "garden feature" mock-ups. Thanks to Marcus Simms for the photo.

Markings: Various.

Manufacturer: Unk.

Yet another. Thanks to Marcus Simms for the photo.

Markings: None.

Manufacturer: Unk.

sledmere 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.

Markings: None.

Manufacturer: Unk.

kings nympton, 2016 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.
kings nympton, 2016

queniborough replica 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:
OF PEACE 1945-95
Markings: None other.

Manufacturer: Unk.

upton st leonards 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 persevering.


Manufacturer: Apparently the Lickey Hills Casting Company - no further information.

And some that are initially thought to be pumps turn out to be anything but:  
monyash glinton randallstown   ulwell weighing machine rickford stetchworth, 2017  
A probable stinkpipe/
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
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.   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.  

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