SJ8398 : The Pump House, Manchester

taken 9 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

The Pump House, Manchester
The Pump House, Manchester
The red-brick building at the centre of the photograph is “The Pump House” situated in Bridge Street on the banks of the River Irwell. It is now the only surviving Edwardian pumping station in the city and is surrounded by modern buildings.

The pump house opened in 1909 and was the third and last station of the hydraulic pumping network in Manchester. The other two stations were situated on Whitworth Street and Pott Street. The station used to supply power to the mills and warehouses that dominated the city at the beginning of the 20th century. Legend has it that staff at the Pump House kept fish and swam in the large water tanks on the roof of the building. In 1972 the station closed when hydraulic power was superseded by electricity. It is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.

Since 1994, the pump house has been the home of the People's History Museum. The modern extension to the left of the pump house is also part of the museum.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 24 April, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 25 April, 2013
Geographical Context
Energy infrastructure  Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
River (from Tags)
River Irwell 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8327 9832 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8799N 2:15.2139W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8322 9834
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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English Heritage  Grade II  Listed Building  Edwardian  Pump House  Pumping Station  Hydraulic Pumping Station  River 

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