Southwold (click on photograph to bring up bigger/better version).

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This must be one of the most fanciful pumps in England, right in the centre of the town, beautifully kept, to be admired by locals and visitors alike. The 3-sided housing is of cast iron, with the large strapped down pump handle protruding from one side. Each base panel carries an inscription, and one also displays a fine "coat of arms". The spout is in the form of a happy herring, with more herrings disporting themselves further up. On top of this comes a large electrically-illuminated globe and finally, right at the top, is a St. Edmund's crown, pierced by arrows. Amazing.

Markings: None other visible.

Manufacturer: Child Foundry, Southwold.
 
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Sited in front of the Swan Hotel. The happy herring spout. St Edmund's Crown with the letters "E" and "W" and a couple of herrings above and below. Inscribed:
"Defend Thay Ryghts".
Inscribed:
"Pro Bono Publico G.E.Child Fecit".
Inscribed: "Erected 1873 J.E.Grubbe Esq. Mayor". Following a refurbishment, the crown and arrows which surmounted the pump have not been replaced (Christmas 2013).

southwold Tucked away in a backyard off Mill Street.

Markings: Can't get close enough to check.

Manufacturer: Unk.

southwold How many golfers walk close by this very large and rusty remnant of a pump, in the middle of an enormous bramble patch, and never notice it? It's on the edge of the Town Marshes, and marked on the 1890 map of Southwold.

Markings: None.

Manufacturer: Unk.

southwold Despite many previous visits to Southwold it took a tip-off from pump-hunter John Hurst before I found this one, just off the High St.

Markings: None.

Manufacturer: Unk.

southwold And this one in Field Stile Rd.

Markings: Flag and a roundel.

Manufacturer: Lee Howl.

southwold This semi-rotary - complete with air vessel - was on a spoil heap outside a house that was being renovated in 2007, overlooking the green at Godyll Rd. No doubt it would later have found its way to a reclamation/architectural salvage dealer's yard.

Markings: Flag, "MADE IN ENGLAND", and "No. 5".

Manufacturer: Lee Howl.

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