SJ8398 : Water Street Hydraulic Pump House

taken 14 years ago, near to Rusholme, Manchester, Great Britain

Water Street Hydraulic Pump House.
Water Street Hydraulic Pump House.
Now the Labour History Museum. Opened 1907 with steam pumping sets raising high pressure water to distribute to consumers to work machinery. This system predates electricity as a means of distributing energy to consumers from a central station. Popular in dock estates but several cities had municipal schemes (eg - London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Hull). The power could be used for all sorts - winches, lifts, revolving stages, theatre curtains, organ blowers, fire hydrants (Greathead hydraulic ejector) and even an hydraulic vacuum cleaner (another ejector device). Station closed 1972 and the electrified remains of one pumping set is in the Greater Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.
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Saturday, 19 July, 2003   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 6 March, 2007
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Museum / Heritage Centre   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 832 982 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8150N 2:15.2768W
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