SP0188 : Smethwick New Pumping House

taken 2 years ago, near to Smethwick, Sandwell, Great Britain

Smethwick New Pumping House
Smethwick New Pumping House
Built in 1892 to replace the older Boulton and Watt engines at Smethwick and Spon Lane, it housed two vertical pumping engines driving centrifugal pumps to raise water from the lower line of the canal to the upper. Continued reduction in canal traffic in the early 20th century resulted in one of the pumps being removed for use elsewhere in 1905, and the station closed completely in the 1920s.

In the 1980s it was renovated as part of the Galton Valley Heritage development, and now serves as a small museum owned by Sandwell Council. Listed Grade II. Run by volunteers, the museum currently opens once a month during the summer period. LinkExternal link
Birmingham Canal (BCN Main Line)

The Birmingham Canal was built from 1768 to 1772 by James Brindley from the then edge of Birmingham, at Paradise Wharf (also known as Old Wharf) near to Gas Street Basin to meet the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Aldersley, near Wolverhampton. The canal was upgraded and straightened by Thomas Telford between 1824-7.
The canal forms part of the Birmingham Canals Navigation, a network of canals in and around the city.
Wikipedia: LinkExternal link

Listed Buildings and Structures

Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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SP0188, 90 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Thursday, 5 September, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 12 September, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Birmingham Canal Navigations 
Former (from Tags)
Pumping Station 
Period (from Tags)
Late 19th Century 
Date (from Tags)
1892 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0193 8891 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:29.8855N 1:58.3800W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0194 8888
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Grade II Listed  Museum 

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