City of Westminster (click on photographs to bring up bigger/better versions).
|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
|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 -
Markings: None visible from a distance.
|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,
|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.
|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.
|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.
Markings: None other.
|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.