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Report - Bedfordwell Pumping station Eastbourne jan12


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Vistied with Omen

This is also the site of the old serco yard.

Currently up for sale for development, but with a small catch, who ever purchases the site, has to pay for a new road to be built from Eastbourne General Hospital across the marsh into the site which is a good 2/3 mile away.

Eastbourne’s original water supply was derived from the spring and pond in the old town at Motcombe.In 1857 a reservoir was created in what is now Motcombe Gardens; two years later the Eastbourne Waterworks Company was founded by the 7th Duke of Devonshire and this enterprise took over the Motcombe reservoir. Prior to 1896, the main water supply for the town had been drawn from the Bedford Well, near the present Whitley Road railway bridge. Pumping had started here in 1883, an inauguration attended by the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. However, in the autumn of 1895, complaints were received that the town’s water tasted brackish and a decision was taken to extract water from Holywell. One year later, the hamlet at Holywell was taken over by the local water board. Rumours abounded that the womenfolk had sold their cottages to the water board while their husbands were out at sea.

From the front

From the back

Inside ground floor, i remember this as a mechanics garage.

1st floor machine shop, kids have found a good use for the empty space.

2nd floor

out the back

Inside the out buildings


Now inside this modest little shed.....

The walls were made up of these ww1 headstones, i have no idea about how or why they came to be there.




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