Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station – Monthly Progress Meeting

The next monthly meeting of the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station will take place on;

Thursday 25 September 2014 @7:30pm
The Cruck House*
Stowe Street
WS13 6BP

*Please note the new venue for this meeting.

Membership of the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station is free, however a small donation for use of the room and tea or coffee is most welcome.

Following the confirmation from English Heritage (EH) that they will be submitting an application to the Secretary of State to amended the listing status of Sandfields Pumping Station, this meeting will be an opportunity for the friends have a voice in this application.

We are in a very fortunate position with Chris Hodrien, Secretary of the International Stationary Steam Engine Society (ISSS) has offered his valuable service to us in support of this application.

Chris has worked on a number of project like this, and has many years of experience of dealing with EH and other body’s, bringing endeavours such as these to a successful conclusion.

We look forward to seeing you on the night.

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English Heritage – Sandfields Pumping Station; Listing Status Amemdment

Today we have received news from English Heritage relating to the listing status change we applied for earlier this year. The consensus of the group was that that we attempt to amend the listing status to grade II* or even grade I. We felt this change would bring better protection to the building.

We now have a window of 21 days from today to make any further information or observations on the consultation report which we believe might be relevant to the assessment.

This is the link to the documents that English Heritage will be submitting to the Secretary of State; Consultation Report

Can you please read the report and feed back any thoughts or comments that you feel would be relevant to the success of this application. We certainly feel that a significant history has been omitted in relation to the social and cultural changes bought about by the industrial revolution resulting in the outbreaks of cholera in the Black Country which the provision of clean water was there to address.

We may also be able to build upon the unique characteristics of the engine, and the fact that its condition is recorded as ‘vulnerable’, however we would argue ‘at risk’.

So this we can maintain the integrity of our timetables, can you get responses back to us for 20 September 2014.

Are there any wordsmiths out there who would like to assemble the feedback into a well worded report?

Finally, please remember that the date of the next progress meeting of the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station is Thursday 25 September @ 7:30, the Cruck House Lichfield.


Thank you once again for your generous support.


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Stowe Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6BPmonthy progress meeting

The next meeting of the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station will take place on:

Tuesday 26 August @7:30pm
The Cruck House
Stowe Street
WS13 6BP

Please note the new venue for this meeting.

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The Sandfields Table

The Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station are trying to raise money to save this magnificent building, raising money by auctioning this table.
Table 1

Table 2

Table 3
This is a traditionally made hand crafted coffee table in white oak, with mortise and tennon joinery, and handmade inlays of tulipwood, burbinga, purple heart and maple.The design was inspired by the decorative aspects of the original waterworks combining the graceful curves and decorative ornamentation. The table is unique and has been built as a one off by David Moore, Chairman of the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station.
This piece of furniture is now up for auction at;

Ansons Solicitors
St Mary’s Chambers
5-7 Breadmarket Street

To own it, please make a bid by leaving your contact details and your maximum bid amount with reception.

The auction will end at 4:00pm on Friday 11 July 2014.

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An incredible story, of an everyday person

Michael Buckle is a man who believes that what you do today is important; you are exchanging a day of your life for it. He is an everyday person who has lead a remarkable life, and has an incredible story to tell.


Michael is the grandson of Joseph Plant, the son of a Lichfield railwayman, who was born in 1867, and in 1886 he Joined the South Staffordshire Water Company as a labourer and boiler cleaner at Sandfields Pumping Station, and was destined to spend his whole career at that location. Slowly rising through the ranks over the years Joseph Plant finally became foreman engine driver, in charge of the three James Watt engines and he drove the 190 horse power Jonah Davies “Cornish” beam engine.

In this oral history interview, Michael tells me of his past life where he both saw and experienced life living at the water works cottage, the poverty following WWII, a relative who died of septicaemia following a small cut on his finger and his exploits as an RAF pilot flying Wellington and Lancaster bombers.

I feel truly humbled and privileged to meet such a giant of a man, this is a sound track of 30 minutes; time well spent.

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Lichfield Civic Society Talk – The Story of clean water in the industrial Revolution

For most of us, running a tap to pour clean drinking water is nothing special. We take it for granted. Drinking water and effective sanitation now form part of the fabric of modern day Britain. However this has not always been the case.

Cholera had a massive impact on the Black Country, a centre of the industrial revolution. In Bilston, there were no families who had not been touched. Between August and September 1832, the death toll had reached 742; almost 20% of the population; the burial grounds had to close because they were full.

David Moore will talk about how Lichfield provided the solution with the establishment of the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company. Sited near to the railway at Sandfields, the building housed a magnificent 190 horse power Cornish beam engine built by Jonah and George Davies of Tipton….

Thursday 24 July 2014 @ 7:30pm

Lichfield Heritage Centre
Market Square
WS13 6LG

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Piping down the valleys wild.

Architecture parlante; Speaking architecture that not only explains its own function or identity, it holds the memories of people from the past, and shows us how they lived….

Piping down the valleys wild..

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