Wilmcote Pumps (click on photograph to bring up bigger/better
|The excellent Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's visitor complex at Wilmcote called Mary Arden's House includes many outbuildings, including Palmer's Farm, and in the yard outside is this wood-boxed lead pump - and it WORKS. It has a cast iron handle and operating rod, a lead barrel but no tank, and two lead spouts emerging at different levels straight from the barrel. Water may be drawn out of 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. I don't yet know its age or anything else about it, but have left a message to see if I can find out more.|
|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, subtly different from other Appleby pumps I've seen:|
|APPLEBY & CO.
RENISHAW IRON WORKS
|Markings: None other.