SP3684 : The Engine House at Hawkesbury Junction, Warwickshire

taken 10 years ago, near to Hawkesbury, Warwickshire, Great Britain

The Engine House at Hawkesbury Junction, Warwickshire
The Engine House at Hawkesbury Junction, Warwickshire
Looking across from near the stop lock on the Oxford Canal. The footbridge in the picture is across the Coventry Canal.
The lean-to at the rear is the oldest part of the pump house and housed the first engine to be installed in 1821. This was a second hand Newcomen type engine which had already served hundred years at one of the local collieries. It was called "Lady Godiva" and was used to raise water into the canal from a stream flowing underneath. By 1837, however, this supply proved inadequate, so a 114 foot shaft was sunk and a new, more powerful engine installed alongside "Lady Godiva" in the three-storey building by the Coventry Canal in this picture. In 1913 this water supply failed due to the sinking of the new Coventry Colliery and the engine house fell into disuse. The newer engine was scrapped during the Second World War. "Lady Godiva" remained in place until 1963 when it was moved to Dartmouth, the birthplace of Thomas Newcomen, as the centrepiece of a memorial museum.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 10 June, 2008   (more nearby)
Sunday, 18 January, 2009
Industrial heritage > Industrial heritage   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 362 846 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:27.5000N 1:28.0940W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 362 845
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