Survey Data

Reg No

20851077


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Artistic Social Technical


Original Use

Water pump


Date

1860 - 1880


Coordinates

163818, 50504


Date Recorded

02/03/2009


Date Updated

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Description

Freestanding cast-iron water pump, erected c.1870, comprising banded base, fluted neck and cap with pointed finial, and having cow tail handle. Located in Market Square and set on concrete plinth.

Appraisal

This water pump exhibits artistic detailing in its design, with a long elegant handle, banded shaft, fluted cap and finial enlivening an otherwise, functionally designed item of street furniture. Water pumps such as this one once played an important social and functional role in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries providing a communal water source. Situated prominently on Market Square, it serves today as a reminder of this era.