|Newly Restored pump
|Raising the cast iron pipes
Time to enlist the help of an expert in the shape of Mr. J.W. Lane Snr. Much to my delight, he confirmed that the pump was indeed an original Thomas of Worcester's Climax Wind Pumps. This was very exciting news as I remembered meeting him when I was a little girl. He was a well-liked local benefactor fondly known as 'Pumpy' Thomas. Having grown up on a farm with one of his windmills I knew that his was a very famous company in Perdiswell and also that he had exported pumps and windmills all over the world - as far away as South Africa and Australia many of which are still working to this very day. The following links are interesting:
|Winter pump protection
|The well in 2016
Lastly Mr. Lane gave us the reeds from which we make an insulation jacket each winter. With such a marvellous facility in the garden, we also fitted an electric submersible pump (bought from Mr. Lane!) which enables us to use the water around the garden as and when needed. We are indeed most grateful to Mr. Lane for his help and advice.
Well (s'cuse the pun!) that was until April 2013 when Chris Genever and I (me as the navvie!) did some improvements to the brickwork, removed the rust from the well supports and applied a barrier of oil. See:
When garden lighting was installed, Dave ensured that he lit the well with a couple of down lights. In June 2017, a bulb was replaced and both were cleaned and dried out for open gardens. After all, without exception, our visitors love to look down and wonder at its depth - just short of 50'.
|The well in June 2017
|The pump base June 2017