SK6556 : Pumping Station, Brickyard Lane, Farnsfield, Notts

taken 4 years ago, near to Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Pumping Station, Brickyard Lane, Farnsfield, Notts.
Pumping Station, Brickyard Lane, Farnsfield, Notts.
This water pumping station, seen from Brickyard Lane, was officially declared open on 5 August 1898 and is still in use. It was built at the head of a 54ft well with an engine house (containing two steam-powered beam engines capable of pumping 480,000 gallons a day), a cooling pond and a reservoir at Newhall Farm, Edingley, about 11.5 miles away. The reservoir was built to hold 11.5m gallons of water pumped from here, it then being piped by gravitation to a service reservoir on Beacon Hill at Newark. From Beacon Hill, the water was piped to private subscribers and businesses around Newark. In 1902 a second reservoir was constructed on Beacon Hill, followed by the erection of a second pumping station in the 40s and the partial replacement of the old steam engines by oil-driven plant. Steam pumping here continued to some degree into the mid-60s only to be superseded by electricity after its management was taken over by Severn Trent in 1973. A 1948 aerial photograph of “The Newark Corporation (Farnsfield) Waterworks” can be seen on the following webpage: LinkExternal link. Apparently the steam-warmed water in the cooling pond made it suitable for use as a swimming pool by villagers.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 20 December, 2014   (more nearby)
Saturday, 20 December, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Water resources 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 6554 5669 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:6.2034N 1:1.3517W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 6554 5667
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