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Firepool Pumping Station

A Grade II Listed Building in Taunton, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0224 / 51°1'20"N

Longitude: -3.0975 / 3°5'51"W

OS Eastings: 323118

OS Northings: 125357

OS Grid: ST231253

Mapcode National: GBR M1.HWLN

Mapcode Global: FRA 46DD.WM0

Entry Name: Firepool Pumping Station

Listing Date: 12 May 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1372427

English Heritage Legacy ID: 361613

Location: Somerset West and Taunton, Somerset, TA1

County: Somerset

Electoral Ward/Division: Taunton Lyngford

Built-Up Area: Taunton

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

The folloing building shall be added to the list:-

ST 23 25
Canal Road
6/10000 Firepool Pumping
- II
Two limekilns of the early 1840s; surmounted by hot air engine house
built c1866 and water tank of 1877 and subsequently remodelled in 1889
as a pumping station for Bristol and Exeter Railway.
Limekilns built of limestone rubble with buttresses and keyed brick
arches to 2 chambers; rest of English bond red brick with blue brick
string and impost courses; hipped slate roofs with brick lateral stacks
to flanking ranges; segmental corrugated iron roof to wrought-iron water
Main block with water tank, built on limekilns, is of 2 storeys with
segmental-arched windows to 4-window range articulated by recessed
segmental-arched bays with flanking pilasters. Other elevations are
articulated in similar fashion. To left of front is a lower 3-storey
one-bay block with seqmental-arched windows and lean-to roof over
cartbay to left. To right, and with its roof at same height and
balancing that to left, is a similar one-storey bay built on top of
limekiln continued from underneath main block and having entrance to
rear. Interior not inspected but noted as including two sets of Pearn
three throw engines dating from the building's use as a pumping station,
which continued until 1960s.
The lime kilns were built at the point where the Bridgewater and Taunton
Canal (1827) and the Grand Union Canal (1838) met the river Tone, and
were erected on a coal and culm wharf established following the arrival
of the Bristol and Exeter Railway in 1842. More water was needed to
service the station at Taunton, aid the brick for the 1860s building was
supplied by William Thomas of Poole, West Buckland.

Listing NGR: ST2311825357

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

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