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NeilsYard
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46 of 51  Thu 28th Nov 2019 10:21am  
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Does it mention Whitley, Anne? It looks far bigger than the buildings that remain there still now and that I can see on any old map?
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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47 of 51  Thu 28th Nov 2019 11:43am  
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I did think that Neil, I have tried to compare it with the pictures of bits of the station online but as you say it does look bigger. The article definitely says that the picture is a general view of Whitley pumping station. It is a long article about sanitation in the city. If anyone could get to the Herbert the original newspaper picture would probably be clearer. If you want a copy of the article I can send it direct. There is a picture of the Baginton treatment works ! And a picture of the engine house. If you are interested in pumping engines the Abbey pumping station museum at Leicester is well worth a visit. I am always amazed at the trouble the Victorians went to to make these things looks so nice.
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Helen F
Warrington
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48 of 51  Tue 23rd Jun 2020 11:56am  
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This one is recorded as the back of Swanswell Street
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Prof
Gloucester
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49 of 51  Tue 23rd Jun 2020 1:01pm  
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Earlsdon Victorian drinking fountain
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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50 of 51  Wed 24th Jun 2020 10:57am  
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Neil, Once again we need dates. Wells came in long before pumping stations, so a lot of these drinking fountains in Coventry were here before. The one above, I believe, and most fountains are some way from the wells, the water travelled by tree trunks, from well to fountain, and were still being used in the 1930s. A good many went in 1936.
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Helen F
Warrington
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51 of 51  Wed 24th Jun 2020 1:12pm  
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I don't disagree Kaga but each issue like this is a research project on its own. It's better that people post something rather than be dissuaded because they feel they need to be more complete. Eventually the bits link together. I know that one of the main sources of water for the city came from St Kathryn's Well, set over a spring. It gravity fed several conduits in the city including Spon Street and Conduit Yard. Probably using lead pipes. Another source was from the north, and the water tower there was initially filled by a windmill powered bucket system. I think that was owned and built by somebody called King after whom I think King Street is named. There is an odd feature in the landscape to the north and south of it that might be a road and or stream bed. I assume that the Foleshill Road removed the need for the old road and the canal changed the route of the streams. It's a lot clearer feature on the 1850 map. Water Tower. I know that Well Street well was originally ground fed but in later years (can't tell you when) was connected up to the water tower. I know where some of the conduits were in the city and somewhere I have info about when they were erected and vaguely what they looked like. I know that there was a major spring fed well just outside the Cheylesmore gate. But these are all bits and pieces. If I discover something is old enough for my research, I stop looking. Sorry. Sad
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