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Report - Sandfields Pumping Station, Lichfield

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by cat_bones, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. cat_bones

    cat_bones Guest
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    Visited with A Man Called Martyn and Dystopia.

    After visiting the Maltings we paid a visit to this place... A Victorian Pumping Station. The engine dates from 1873... I presume the building dates from the same.

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    It's disused but is obviously being looked after by some sort of Heritage group as there was a large collection of old engineering trade magazines inside...

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    The machinery is absolutely beautiful... it's amazing how much time and effort went into the aesthetics of what's essentially a purely utilitarian building. My pictures really don't do it justice. It's a slightly harsh contrast between the Victorian splendour and the purely functional, ugly 60's or 70's additions (as you can see from the first picture).

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    A picture in one of the books showing the station as it used to look...

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    It looks like the old boiler was removed and the steam generated with a more modern setup, whilst still utilising the beam-engine.
    Some of the more modern gubbins in there...

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    This place was brilliant... I love old machinery, the bigger the better and this was colossal! It appears to be occasionally open to the public though not for a while by the looks of it... I'd love to go along when it's in full-steam.

    BTW, I've put this into the members-only section because it doesn't appear to be totally derelict and also, it would be a shame if any idiots got in there as result of seeing this report!
     

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