SO8689 : Pumping Station at Hinksford in Staffordshire

taken 4 years ago, near to Swindon, Staffordshire, Great Britain

 Pumping Station at Hinksford in Staffordshire
Pumping Station at Hinksford in Staffordshire
From "The History of the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company 1853-1989" by Van Leerzem and Williams, we are informed:

Henry Lovatt built the pumping station in 1898, after three old cottages had been demolished on the site. A wharf for receiving the coal was conveniently situated on the side of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, in close proximity to the station. There was disagreement between the Canal Company and the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company. The canal company feared the pumping operations would drain the springs in the bed of the canal and the water company objected to the canal water polluting the borehole.

The well was ten feet diameter at the top, twelve feet diameter at the bottom and was seventy two feet deep. From the bottom a twelve inch borehole was carried down a further depth of two hundred feet three inches.

Messrs. A.C. Potter and Company of Grantham constructed the borehole, the well being dug by direct labour.

The pumping plant at this station was in duplicate and consisted of two inverted compound surface condensing rotative engines each driving a pair of bucket pumps placed in the well in the centre of the engine house, and a pair of force pumps placed directly under the engines and driven by side rods from the engine crossheads. These engines, constructed by Fawcett Preston and Company of Liverpool, were of the marine type and whereas in a marine engine the side levers were for driving the auxiliary pumps such as air pumps, circulating and feed pumps, in this instance they were utilised to drive the well pumps. Steam for the engines was supplied by three Lancashire type boilers. Pumping commenced at Hinksford in 1900.
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Date Taken
Friday, 25 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Thursday, 14 September, 2017
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Village, Rural settlement  Water resources 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 8668 8980 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:30.3558N 2:11.8602W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 8673 8977
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