Survey Data

Reg No

15321029


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Social Technical


Original Use

Water pump


Date

1860 - 1900


Coordinates

233456, 235404


Date Recorded

18/08/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Pair of freestanding cast-iron water pumps, erected c.1880, comprising moulded spouts, fluted shafts terminated with fluted caps with acorn finials, with flanking cast-iron wheels to either side. Now no longer in use. Located in Market Square on modern brick forecourt.

Appraisal

An attractive pair of cast-iron water pumps of an unusual design. These appealing cast-iron artifacts act as a reminder of the mechanisms installed for the provision of clean drinking water in the period before mains water supply systems. Positioned in a very prominent location in the Market Square, these pumps played an important role in the social history of Kilbeggan and would have been used for both domestic water supply and for watering livestock on market days etc. Today they continue to provide a centrepiece to the Market Square and although not in their original positions they are an important feature of the streetscape.