City of Westminster (click on photographs to bring up bigger/better versions).

hyde park Hyde Park, London. Photo supplied by John Hurst - thanks, John - who points out that it is the same model as the one in nearby Kensington Gardens.

Markings: None.

Manufacturer: Unk.

kensington, 2015 A surprise high altitude find at The Roof Gardens in Kensington (the old Derry & Tom's building). Thanks to David Cole for spotting this most unlikely location for a pump. The gardens are currently part of the Virgin empire, include a restaurant and nightclub, but are open to the public unless booked for a private function - read more.

Markings: None visible from a distance.

Manufacturer: Unk.

kensington This one's to be found in Kensington Gardens, and is the same model as the one in nearby Hyde Park. Photograph by Chris Williams - thanks, Toph.

Markings: None.

Manufacturer: Unk.

bryanston sq A bit of classical style in Bryanston Square, Marylebone. The spout is so low down that it must surely mean that the ground level has been raised in modern times. Higher up is a blanked-off outlet which may or may not have held a second spout at some stage. Photograph by John Hurst - thanks, John.

Markings: None.

Manufacturer: Unk.

montagu sq This one, in nearby Montagu Square, Marylebone, looks to be of identical Doric design to the one in Bryanston Square, although it's orientated differently. Photograph by John Hurst - thanks, John.

Markings: None.

Manufacturer: Unk.

broadwick st The "Broad St. Pump", in what's now known as Broadwick St., Soho, has probably the most (in)famous history of any pump in the country. It's only a replica, but click here to read the inscription on the plaque.
The pump "has been removed because of long-term building works, which are scheduled to take 18 months" according to a London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine blog, dated March 2015. As of April 2017 there's no sign of its re-instatement. Thanks to Mike Woolford for the info.
Markings: None other.

Manufacturer: Unk.

westminster, 2014 In Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms, at the bottom of Clive Steps, St. Charles St., Westminster. Hardly a village pump, but this semi-rotary was used to pump dirty water up from the kitchen. Thanks to John Hurst for the photos.

Markings: "NO5", "ALL BRITISH MADE" and an indecipherable name.

Manufacturer: All the signs of it being a Lee Howl Paragon pump.
westminster, 2014

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