Bamford Chain Pump
Type Readymade , Fountain
The water pump consists of a circular head with wheel attached, with a stone trough below the water pipe. The pump and trough have been mounted on a plinth of brick that is now disintegrating.
The pump was made by Bamfords', now the family owned international company Bamfords was founded in Uttoxeter in 1845 by Henry Bamford, who established an ironmongers in the Market Place. However, it remained a small concern until the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when, under Samuel Bamford, eldest son of Henry, it grew considerably from employing only 6 men in 1871 to employing around 500 in 1897. The company focused upon the production of agricultural implements, taps and water pumps. Another brother, Joseph, was a talented engineer who patented an improved cash register and a cultivator.(1)
The pump appears to be model No. 2A, which was listed in a 1930s catalogue as having been in use for 'over half a century'.
On west side of pump: BAMFORDS'/ PATENT/ CHAIN PUMP/ REGISTERED DESIGN
On east side of pump: BAMFORDS'/ PATENT/ CHAIN PUMP/ UTTOXETER
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