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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Walton Well drinking fountain

Walton Well drinking fountain

In Jericho, Oxford’s answer to Katesgrove, you will find Walton Well drinking fountain. It is situated at the junction of Walton Well Road with Southmoor Road and Longworth Road and right opposite the site of the former Eagle Ironworks. There had been a well, a spring and a ford at this point until the 1880s, but that had been filled in. Former Oxford Mayor William Ward presented the fountain in 1885.

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Village Pumps by Richard Williams

Richard K Williams book Village Pumps is a concise summary of the history, technology and terminology of water pumps. The book is richly illustrated with diagrams and photographs and will be of interest to every Whitley Pump reader.

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Four years old today!

Dancing on the Village Green, engraving by J P Le Bas after David Teniers. Wellcome collection.

The Whitley Pump is four years old today!

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Sandwich in Bloom

Sandwich in Bloom with pump behind

We struggled to read the maker’s name on this water pump in Kent which was almost hidden behind the ‘Sandwich in Bloom’ bicycle. Google came to the rescue (and more).

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – postcard from Gibraltar

Queen Victoria’s Monument, Gunners’ Parade, Gibraltar c. 1910

Queen Victoria’s Monument on Gunners’ Parade in Gibraltar is in the form of a drinking fountain with a bowl for dogs at the base. On the rear is the inscription “Erected by the inhabitants of Gibraltar 1910”.

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31 December – Congratulations to the Hampstead drinking trough

The trough adjacent to Reading Central Swinming Pool

The Whitley Pump would like to congratulate the cattle trough and drinking fountain on Spaniards Road in Hampstead, London on making the Historic England list of 23 remarkable places listed in 2018. We hope to make an official twinning visit during 2019.

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Community Energy for Reading – grants for sustainability initiatives


Reading Community Energy Society is offering grant funding for sustainability initiatives in and around Reading, from £100 to £5,000 for initiatives which meet one or more of the following aims:
-Improving energy efficiency
-Reducing carbon emissions
-Support sustainability in the local community including educational projects

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – the Jubilee Fountain

The Queen Victoria Jubilee Fountain in St Mary’s Butts, Reading is described by Historic England as “a typical Victorian amalgam of forms and conceits”. It was placed there to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – Grainger Memorial Fountain

A postcard from Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Grainger Memorial Fountain was originally in Neville Street (the road in front of Newcastle’s central station) but has now been repositioned, tucked away in Waterloo Street.

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Could St Laurence’s drinking fountain flow again?

St Laurence’s Church Fountain

Always a nice moment when conflicting agendas collide and something good comes of it for everyone. During the ‘questions from the public and councillors’ section of an edgy and rancorous Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on 24 September, councillor Tony Page seemed to suggest that St Laurence’s drinking fountain could flow again.

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