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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Totnes Jubilee Drinking Fountain

Queen Victoria Jubilee Fountain, Totnes

Queen Victoria Jubilee Fountain, Totnes

Totnes Jubliee Drinking Fountain was erected in 1904 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. It has been located on The Plains since 1988 but it was originally situated on Station Road on a site donated by the Great Western Railway.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – St John’s Conduit, Bristol

St John's Conduit and urban art

St John’s Conduit and urban art

St John’s Conduit on the side of the church on Nelson Street has recently been restored. The conduit dates from the fourteenth century and is part of Bristol’s extensive medieval water system.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Liskeard Pipe Well

Liskeard Pipe Well

Liskeard Pipe Well – September 2019

Water from the Pipe Well in Liskeard was once a major contributor to the Cornish town’s water supply; it was declared unfit to drink in 1976. The well’s gates were open during Liskeard Unlocked, the town’s Heritage Open Day in 2019, when there was a costumed interpreter on hand to answer questions and the well was decorated with bunting and garlands.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Sedgehill Spring

Sedgehill Spring

We are very grateful to an Old Reading Plus Facebook group contributor for pointing us towards the Sedgehill Spring. The spring is a delightful discovery nestled in the Chiltern woodlands near Sonning Common.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – the Funchal drinking fountain by Max Römer

Fontanario da Imperatriz – 1844

Funchal, on the island of Madeira, has more than enough drinking fountains for a dedicated tourist trail. If we had to pick one that really stands out for twinning, it would have to be this one which is situated up on the hill just north of the casino. There is also a very circuituous and tenuous link back to the Whitley Pump.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Walton Well drinking fountain

Walton Well drinking fountain

In Jericho, Oxford’s answer to Katesgrove, you will find Walton Well drinking fountain. It is situated at the junction of Walton Well Road with Southmoor Road and Longworth Road and right opposite the site of the former Eagle Ironworks. There had been a well, a spring and a ford at this point until the 1880s, but that had been filled in. Former Oxford Mayor William Ward presented the fountain in 1885.

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Village Pumps by Richard Williams

Richard K Williams book Village Pumps is a concise summary of the history, technology and terminology of water pumps. The book is richly illustrated with diagrams and photographs and will be of interest to every Whitley Pump reader.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Sandwich in Bloom

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).

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – postcard from Gibraltar

Queen Victoria’s Monument, Gunners’ Parade, Gibraltar c. 1910

Queen Victoria’s Monument on Gunners’ Parade in Gibraltar is in the form of a drinking fountain with a bowl for dogs at the base. On the rear is the inscription “Erected by the inhabitants of Gibraltar 1910”.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – the Jubilee Fountain

The Queen Victoria Jubilee Fountain in St Mary’s Butts, Reading is described by Historic England as “a typical Victorian amalgam of forms and conceits”. It was placed there to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Grainger Memorial Fountain

A postcard from Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Grainger Memorial Fountain was originally in Neville Street (the road in front of Newcastle’s central station) but has now been repositioned, tucked away in Waterloo Street.

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Could St Laurence’s drinking fountain flow again?

St Laurence’s Church Fountain

Always a nice moment when conflicting agendas collide and something good comes of it for everyone. During the ‘questions from the public and councillors’ section of an edgy and rancorous Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on 24 September, councillor Tony Page seemed to suggest that St Laurence’s drinking fountain could flow again.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Pebble Lane pump, Aylesbury

Pebble Lane, Aylesbury

This cast iron pump on Pebble Lane in Aylesbury is 10 feet tall and supplied water to the centre of the town. Pebble Lane is the street at the back of the Buckinghamshire County Museum.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Elizabeth Curling drinking fountain, Eastbourne

This drinking fountain in Eastbourne has been moved around a bit. It is now on Sea Houses Square, just off Marine Parade and east of the pier.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Woolhampton Drinking Fountain

Woolhampton’s drinking fountain was presented to the village (which is on the A4 halfway between Reading and Newbury) by Miss Charlotte Blyth, a member of the family who owned the Woolhampton estate at the time, to mark the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. The inscription on the wall inside says “Righteousness Exalteth a Nation. Victoria R.I. Diamond Jubilee 1897”.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – St Lawrence Jewry Memorial Fountain

A lot of thought went into the design of the Santa & Cole drinking spout to the City of London’s re-sited St Lawrence and Mary Magdalene water fountain.

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Book Review – Parched City by Emma M Jones

Parched City‘ was an impulse buy from the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) bookshop. The cover featuring the 1859 opening of London’s first public drinking fountain in the wall of St Sepulchre’s Church in the City of London was a magnet for this Whitley Pump correspondent.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Attwells Drinking Fountain

Attwells fountain is on the Thames Promenade. The location was once directly connected with the top of Whitley Street by tram and later trolleybus routes. Not so nowadays when all buses with the exception of the No 17, the ‘backbone of Reading’, terminate at Reading Station.

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Wycheproof Trough – Twinned with the Whitley Pump

Bills Water Troughs are ubiquitous in the state of Victoria in Australia. They are so sought after that reproductions are now available.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – St Laurence’s drinking fountain

St Lawrence's Drinking Fountain

A Reading drinking fountain restored in 1990 allows a look back at Reading’s drinking water supply in the 1860s.

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