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Poolbrook water pump comes to light by chance

Craig Gibbons 30th May, 2017

A VICTORIAN water pump in Poolbrook which had previously been missed has been discovered.

The Friends of Malvern Springs and Wells were surprised to find out somebody had spotted the old iron pump in the churchyard of St Andrews Church during the Well Dressing Festival earlier this month.

It is believed to date from the 1880s when the Chance Memorial Chapel was built on the site before subsequently becoming St Andrews Church.

The pump, which was manufactured by Victorian company Joseph Evans in Wolverhampton, no longer dispenses water.

Bruce Osborne, who runs the Friends of Malvern Springs and Wells, said: “We try to locate every public water supply in the area but sometimes we miss the odd one.

“It’s a worthwhile location we thought we should note down but there are still lots of pumps around the area yet to be found.

“We always try our best to keep our ears to the ground.

“The Friends of Malvern have been researching the pumps since 1992 but in recent years our rate of finding them has rapidly dropped to one or two a year.”

The Chance Memorial Chapel was named after Edward Chance who lived at Lawnside in Avenue Road.

He was an entrepreneur who ran the Chances Glass Works in Birmingham before dying in 1890.

The business supplied glass for the Crystal Palace in South London as well as the Houses of Parliament.

Among their other products were lighthouses, one of which is preserved in Port Adelaide in South Australia.


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