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Water hydrant outside Salisbury Cottage

A Grade II Listed Building in Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.8972 / 50°53'49"N

Longitude: -2.7528 / 2°45'10"W

OS Eastings: 347151

OS Northings: 111123

OS Grid: ST471111

Mapcode National: GBR MJ.RSG8

Mapcode Global: FRA 563Q.RD1

Entry Name: Water hydrant outside Salisbury Cottage

Listing Date: 29 September 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1438327

Location: Haselbury Plucknett, South Somerset, Somerset, TA18

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Haselbury Plucknett

Built-Up Area: Haselbury Plucknett

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Haselbury Plucknett

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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A water hydrant, cast by Glenfield and Kennedy of Kilmarnock, dating from the late C19 or early C20.


A water hydrant, cast by Glenfield and Kennedy of Kilmarnock, dating from the late C19 or early C20.

Cast iron.

The hydrant has a fluted pillar on a plinth, with a band to the head, under a fluted domical cap with a bud finial. A lion head is cast into one side, and four spouts with keyed stoppers are set in the band. The hydrant stands on a square stone.


This hydrant, one of a group of similar hydrants in Haselbury Plucknett, was installed in the later C19 or early C20 by Lord Portman of Orchard Portman, lord of the manor, as Haselbury Plucknett did not have a public water supply until 1936. After this the hydrants went out of use, but continue to form part of the street scene.

Reasons for Listing

The late-C19 or early-C20 lion-head hydrant outside Salisbury Cottage is listed, for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural interest: a well-cast, highly decorative example of a street hydrant, surviving intact;
* Historic interest: evidence of the philanthropic provision of a safe, clean water supply for the inhabitants of the village before municipal piped water;
* Group value: with the other six lion-head hydrants around the village.

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