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Hunger Hill Pumping Station
While visiting the Peak District for a birthday treat, I decided to knock off a few pins I've had marked for a while, one of which was Hunger Hill Pumping Station.
Situated just west of Chesterfield, this old pumping station was constructed around the early 1920s and was supposedly installed to provide fresh water for local homes and establishments. It contains a few pulley wheels and chains fixed to the ceiling and two boreholes which are still emanating water due to artesian pressure, this means the area is very damp, and I would recommend wellies if you're planning to visit! The boreholes are easily visible which sent my Submechanophobia into overdrive
The building itself is of stone construction and situated on a now public footpath. The River Hipper also runs close to the site, there is a small man-made waterfall also close to the pump station with a bridge over the top of it. The old entrance gates are still standing on this bridge, they were locked for some reason, even though entrance is easily done by walking around them and across a very boggy grassed area.
There is a foundation stone above the main front entrance which reads 'CCWW 1924' I would assume that 1924 was the year the stone was laid, and 'CCWW' stands for Chesterfield Council Water Works, the organization responsible for the construction of the station.
Over the years, Hunger Hill Pumping Station has started to subside due to the excessive groundwater sitting on the site, It's also become a target for graffiti and apparently satanic rituals.
If you're nearby, I would definitely give it a look as it is just an overall nice area, thanks for reading.