SJ8236 : Hatton Pumping Station

taken 4 years ago, near to Cranberry, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Hatton Pumping Station
Hatton Pumping Station
The main central building was the first to be built in 1890, containing two compound beam engines. Behind this was the boiler house with the chimney alongside between the engine house and the boiler house. This was followed in 1898 by the right hand building, which housed a tandem cross-compound engine. A new boiler house was built between the engine house and the existing boiler house. The left hand building, housing a tandem compound horizontal engine followed in 1907. This too had an additional boiler room between it and the old boiler house.
At the rear of the site was a suite of workshop buildings, and the development was completed by a series of houses and cottages for employees. The ornate design was created at the insistence of the landowner, Basil Fitzherbert, on whose Swynnerton Hall estate the pumping station was built. The main building complex is Listed Grade II*.
Replacement of the steam pumps began in 1937 when two Belliss and Morcom generating sets of 275 Kw were installed in the original boiler house, powering electric spindle drive pumps. These were followed in the early 1950s by a 550Kw unit built by Harland and Wolff, which saw the end of steam pumping. One of the Belliss and Morcom sets and the Harland and Wolff set have been preserved and remain in situ in an area given over as an exhibition/museum space which is open on 4 (or sometimes more) days a year. A number of other items have also been collected here.
The most recent phase of the pumping station's history has been the conversion of all the historic buildings into residential apartments, under the name 'Hatton Manor'. This has been done with great sensitivity with minimal alteration to the external appearance.


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Date Taken
Saturday, 2 March, 2013   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
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Water resources 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8293 3697 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:55.7916N 2:15.3231W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8244 3647
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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