Categories of Special Interest
Artistic Social Technical
1860 - 1880
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.
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.