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Latitude: 54.8903 / 54°53'24"N
Longitude: -1.4058 / 1°24'21"W
OS Eastings: 438209
OS Northings: 555220
OS Grid: NZ382552
Mapcode National: GBR V83.VZ
Mapcode Global: WHD5C.CBSW
Entry Name: Humbledon Pumping Station
Listing Date: 10 November 1978
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1279871
English Heritage Legacy ID: 391586
Location: Sunderland, SR3
Electoral Ward/Division: Barnes
Built-Up Area: Sunderland
Traditional County: Durham
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear
Church of England Parish: Bishopwearmouth St Nicholas
Church of England Diocese: Durham
NZ3855 SEAFORTH ROAD
920-1/15/201 (South West side)
10/11/78 Humbledon Pumping Station
Water pumping station. 1846 and later. By Thomas Hawksley;
from 1852 for the Sunderland and South Shields Water Company.
English garden wall bond brick (3 and one) with ashlar plinth,
quoins and dressings; Welsh slate roof.
2 high storeys, 2x1 windows to engine house; double range
boiler house one high storey, 3 windows. Italianate style. NE
elevation has engine house at right: ashlar-coped dwarf walls
flank steps up to boarded door and overlight in plain jambs
with triple-keyed plain stone surround to semicircular head on
impost blocks; wedge stone lintel and projecting stone sill to
blocked square window above. Boiler house on ground falling to
left has stone voussoirs and triple key to high arch at right,
next to engine house, and 3 blocked windows at high level with
wedge stone lintels and projecting stone sills. Right return
of engine house has 2 round-headed windows with surrounds
similar to that of door, and to square windows above similar
to those on NE; diagonal buttress between ground floor windows
is of large ashlar blocks. SW elevation a mirror image of NE
but with shorter steps, and with rectangular hole at top right
of engine house.
This was the first of a series of pumping stations designed by
Hawksley, and continued by his son, to pump water through the
magnesian limestone to provide the first good water supply for
Sunderland. All windows blocked, boiler house chimney removed
and pumping station out of use at time of survey.
(Milburn GE and Miller ST: Sunderland River, Town and People:
Sunderland: 1988-: 74; Corfe T: The Buildings of Sunderland
1814-1914: Newcastle: 1983-: 19).
Listing NGR: NZ3820955220
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