SP3684 : Hawkesbury engine house

taken 30 years ago, near to Hawkesbury, Warwickshire, Great Britain

Hawkesbury engine house.
Hawkesbury engine house.
Originally contained a Newcomen pumping engine that is now preserved at Dartmouth.

According to Roger Kidd in the caption to SP3684 : The Engine House at Hawkesbury Junction, Warwickshire - 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
May 1988   (more nearby)
Thursday, 6 March, 2008
Industrial heritage > Industrial heritage   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 362 846 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:27.5215N 1:28.0761W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 362 845
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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