Wilmcote (click on photograph to bring up bigger/better
|Mary Arden's House at Wilmcote includes many outbuildings, including Palmer's Farm, and in the yard outside is this wood-boxed lead pump - and it is in working condition. It has a cast iron handle and operating rod, with two lead spouts emerging at different levels from the barrel. Water may be diverted to the upper spout by means of the simplest of mechanisms - a wooden bung inserted into the lower spout. After priming, a few quick pulls on the handle deliver water from the well below.|
|In Mary Arden's House itself, furnished as it would have been in Victorian times, this cast iron pump is in the kitchen, next to a glazed sink. The pump carries the following inscription:|
|APPLEBY & CO.
RENISHAW IRON WORKS
|Markings: None other.
Wilmcote, Warks. Thanks to Mike Woolford for the photos.
Wilmcote, Warks. Thanks to Mike Woolford for the photo.