Sandwich in Bloom with pump behind

We struggled to read the maker’s name on this water pump in Kent which was almost hidden behind the ‘Sandwich in Bloom’ bicycle. Google came to the rescue (and more).

There is a website, run by Richard Williams, which includes a directory of pumps. He had had difficulty with the marks too and sought the assistance of the Sandwich Guildhall Archives who deciphered it as ‘Mackney and Admonds’. The firm’s address was at Delf Street, Sandwich.

The pump is situated opposite the Corn Exchange restaurant at the junction of Delf Street, No Name Street, Market Street and King Street and is one of four pumps mentioned in the town. In 1894, piped water arrived in Sandwich from the Drainless Drove waterworks and the pumps were no longer required.

Village Pumps has an entry for our Whitley Pump which says the manufacturer is unknown and that it has no markings but describes it:

The Whitley Pump in Reading is something of a local landmark. It’s an impressive cast iron pump, with 3 spouts feeding 3 inter-connected troughs – surely a unique arrangement.

We wrote to Village Pumps to tell them everything we know about the Whitley Pump so that the directory could be updated with more information.

  1. Village Pumps
  2. Sandwich Guildall Museum and Archives
  3. Sandwich Town Council – Tourism