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Westford Pumping Station

A Grade II Listed Building in Rockwell Green, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.9762 / 50°58'34"N

Longitude: -3.251 / 3°15'3"W

OS Eastings: 312266

OS Northings: 120385

OS Grid: ST122203

Mapcode National: GBR LV.LS6L

Mapcode Global: FRA 462J.H8R

Plus Code: 9C2RXPGX+FH

Entry Name: Westford Pumping Station

Listing Date: 20 August 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1059878

English Heritage Legacy ID: 270073

Location: Wellington, Somerset West and Taunton, Somerset, TA21

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Wellington

Built-Up Area: Rockwell Green

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Rockwell Green All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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Listing Text

5365 WELLINGTON Westford Pumping Station

ST1220 1/500
ST1320 1/500 II


Pumping Station. C1886. Polychrome red brick, gault brick, stone dressings, slate roofs. Single storey, 3 bay range to road with 4 sided bay at east. Lower roofed gable at west with range at right angles. Semi-octagonal chimney is attached at rear. High Victorian Italianate style. Facade has 2 paired red brick arched and keyed window openings with stone sills and imposts, central wooden collonette arched head sashes with glazing bars. 2 leaf 6 panel central door under fanlight, same architrave detail as windows. Stone plinth, gault brick quoins and banding, frieze and dogtooth eaves cornice, coped gables. Five sided bay at east has single keyed round window. Lower bay at east single arched sash with glazing bars. Polygonal stack at rear has banding, 2 strings at full height no coping. The water pumping station at Westford was built in 1885 to provide a piped water supply to the area, replacing 286 wells, most of which were polluted. Gas engines were chosen to power the pumps, both being installed in duplicate, one set operating for ten hours per day, while the other set was held in reserve. The original gas engines were nine horsepower four-stroke Otto type, probably made by Crossley Bros of Manchester. The installation, designed by the consultant engineer, Pritchard, was unusual in using producer gas rather than town gas to operate the engines, the gas being manufactured in an adjacent room from anthracite coal. The Westford gas producer-gas plant was a very early model. One of the gas engines was replaced in 1902 by a larger steam operated engine. Both engines were replaced by an electric motor in 1930. SOURCE: Gledhill, D., The Gas Engines at the Westford Water Pumping Station.

Listing NGR: ST1226620385

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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