Sandfields Architecture

Sandfields plumping Station is a Gothic Revival masterpiece, a cathedral to the industrial revolution, for years abandon, and for years unloved.

Sandfields Gothic

The Gothic Revival style gave Briton its industrial look and identity. Inspired by the Gilbert Scots, it embraced the glory of god and reflected the sheer power of money. The gothic style, is architecture parloir, architecture that speaks. It took the language from the past and built the road to the future. A celebration of new technology and processes, of wealth and opportunity.

The Gothic Revival style inspired architects if both industrial and public buildings and influenced the architecture of the twentieth century. Just look at the marriage between the achievements of Victorian engineering and the Gothic Revival architecture, a match made in heaven. Its an eclectic mix; an honest expression of the means of construction and the philanthropic endeavours of the Victorians.

 

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Dan Cruickshank

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust – Waterworks Walk

Lichfield celebrates it Heritage Weekend – Garrick300 with a Georgian Festival this year from Saturday 23– Sunday 24 September 2017. 

As part of Heritage Weekend, Lichfield Waterworks Trust will again be organising a Waterworks Walk on Saturday 23 September, commencing at 11:00am at Speakers Corner.

The walk will follow the line of the Hanch Tunnel all the way to Sandfields Pumping Station, where visitors will be able to take a look inside.

This will be a very rare opportunity to look inside one of the regions finest pieces of industrial heritage, describes as a cathedral to the industrial revolution.

So, get into character a little or a lot, and prepare to see inside one of Lichfield’s best kept secrets.

Sandfields Pumping Station Lichfield

 

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Team Work

Just look at the improvements the team are making at Sandfields Pumping Station.  In March 2016, the situation looked dire….

 

We were of the opinion that the unique Cornish Beam Engine would not have survived another two winters.

We are now into the first month of a second of two six licences to enter the building agreements. The work teams are there each Friday from 10:00am till 12:00 noon, and in a already they have made a significant change.

The work continues on a weekly basis, all done by volunteers from differing backgrounds, who are working together as a team, supporting each other, and leaning new skills.

What’s not to like about industrial heritage

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust September News

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on:

Monday 11 September @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the

The Bowling Green

Friary Road

Lichfield

Staffordshire

WS13 6QJ

 

Tel: 01543 257344

The Bowling Green serves some great food and real ales.

This is an incredibly exciting community heritage project, so do come along and become involved, we make everyone welcome.

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Notes of the August 2016 Meeting are her

News

 

There have been a number of attempts by vandals trying to gain unauthorised access to the building and unfortunately, they were successful on one occasion. They emptied washing up liquid on the staircases and emptied out any containers of sugar, bleach and cleaning liquid on the floors. Fortunately, the Friday working Team soon made quick work of the mess and we feel we are back to normal operation now.

Many thanks to the Friday team.

Persimmon Homes ltd have arrange to improve the security on the 1960’s building.

The work groups are continuing with their sterling work on the building and the engine. A promising start indeed. It is really helpful that we carefully set aside, record and research each of the item in the pumping station now, as this builds a details picture of the past activity’s.

Work cleaning the engine is to show some remarkable progress as a reward for a lot of hard and dirty work.

We are always looking for more volunteers to help with this work. Onsite training and safety induction will be provided.

The bid team are working hard to put together a grant application for a feasibility study and have now submitted our application. The Architectural Heritage Fund Support Officer has raised a few questions about our application. The bid team are working on a response.

We have just commenced a Heritage Lottery Fund Resilient Heritage Grant application. Resilient Heritage is a grant that will help and support the trust in becoming more sustainable organisation, help us improve our skills in maintaining the heritage and support us with our community engagement.

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Forthcoming Events

Member Visits to Sandfields Pumping Station

To date, access to the pumping station has been quite restrictive. We know a lot of our members have not seen inside the pumping Station yet, so we are about to rectify this.

We are able to take three visitors around Sandfields every Friday morning between 11:00am and 12:00 noon. The visits be pre-booked and is open to members only. If you are not yet a member, then please consider joining us at this link.

Members will be given an event password in a separate email.

To book a visit, please go to our Eventbrite booking page here.

Heritage Weekend

 

Please let me know if you can fill any of the following slots.

 

Sat 23 September

11am to 1300               Water walk marshal

11am to 12 midday     Erect gazebo at Sandfields

12 to 1.30pm               Man gazebo, and marshal at Sandfields site

1.30pm to 3pm           Man gazebo and marshal at Sandfields site

3pm to 3,30pm           Dismantle gazebo   

Provide simple refreshments

 

Huddlesford Gathering

 

Huddlesford Gathering is on the weekend of 23/24 September, we have kindly been invited to have a stand and are therefore looking for volunteers to meet and greet visitors.

 

Sun 24 September

9am                       Transport gazebo to Huddlesford Junction       

9.30 am to 10am     Erect gazebo

10am to 1130am     Man stall

1130am to 1300       Man stall

1300 to 1430           Man stall

1430 to 1600         Man stall

1600 to 1700       Dismantle gazebo and transport to Sandfields.

 

Sat 14 October

1100 to 1130

Walk in L2F procession, Lichfield city centre.

Your support would be much appreciated. Bowler hats and hi vis vests provided!

Can you help?

If you enjoy meeting people and can spare a couple of houses on either of these days, please get in touch.

Health and Safety

We are really pleased to report that there have been no incidents relating to health and safety. A very big thank you to everyone for working safely.

Good safety is no accident.

Membership

 

We would like this opportunity to welcome a few new members.

Thank you for joining the Lichfield Waterworks Trust. We hope you will enjoy your membership and become part of a very exciting heritage project that will benefit the people, the place and the community.

 

If you wish to visit Sandfields Pumping Station then please use the links below.

To book a visit, please go to our Eventbrite booking page here.

 

It would really help us if we develop and grow our membership. If you are not already a member and would you like to be a part of one of the region’s most exciting heritage projects then please, join us now by filling in Membership Application Form by going to our membership page here. It is free to join and be a part of this incredibly exciting project.

Donations

 

We have incurred some considerable expenditure covering legal costs, insurance and training. We will always invest in our people, and we are planning further training days soon too. All these costs soon mount up, so if you can donate, then please visit our donation page here, any amount is helpful and well appreciated.

Please make cheques payable to; Lichfield Waterworks Trust, and send to our address:

22 Walsall Road

Lichfield

WS13 8AB

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Thank you everyone for your continued support and helping to make a difference in your community.

We never share your data with anyone else, but we do like to have your details correct. If there are any errors or omissions, please let us know.

Our data protection policy is here:

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Geting to Know Our Past People

Great news folks, we have managed to name all but one. Can you help us fill in the last remaining blank and add to the our past history?

Sandfields Staff Lab 1970 V1 names

Below are some of the lab staff in their place of work at the water treatment plant at Sandfields Pumping Station.

Sandfields Labs

The water treatment works was, now sadly gone, a very iconic and functional building

Found those photos. All ca 1927-30. Sandfields Filter House taken from Canal gate. William Robinson going to work

Built in 1927 it was the home of some very high tech equipment, leading the way in the science of water treatment.

Clean water and effective sanitation now form the fabric of modern day life. Clean water has extended life expectancy by up to twenty years. We now have an organised water supply system that is reliable and  safe that delivers to us heath and wellbeing on tap.

Here are a few of the people from the past who made it happen:

Sandfields Staff c1893

Sandfields Staff c1937

The staff at Sandfields Pumping Station c1937

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Heritage Crime and acts of Vandalism

 

On Friday 18 August, this individual was filmed vandalising and causing a considerable amount of damage to the Grade ll* listed Sandfields Pumping Station, Lichfield.

 

 

Sandfields 18 Aug vandalism from David Moore on Vimeo.

Heritage Crime and acts of vandalism like this set the charitable trusts cause back immeasurably, and damage to our heritage is often irreplaceable or repairable.

Just utter contempt for anyone else in society. the hard work, the community spirit, the wiliness to share and the giving to others to do good mean nothing to this individual.

If you know who this individual is, please contact the police.

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust July News

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on:

Monday 14 August @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the

The Bowling Green
Friary Road
Lichfield
Staffordshire
WS13 6QJ

Tel: 01543 257344

The Bowling Green serves some great food and real ales.

This is an incredibly exciting community heritage project, so do come along and become involved, we make everyone welcome.

Notes of the June 2016 Meeting are here

Matters Arising.

News

Persimmon Homes ltd have granted an extension of the licence for a further six months. This is good news as it gives the trust time to conduct the viability study and also shows that Persimmon are comfortable with the work we are doing.

The work groups are continuing with their sterling work on the building and the engine. A promising start indeed. It is really helpful that we carefully set aside, record and research each of the item in the pumping station now, as this builds a details picture of the past activity’s.

Even the small items that appear insignificant can help build a richer picture of the past history of the site. By doing this, we remove the need to make assumptions and fill in gaps in our knowledge, something we see all too often in heritage sites. Capturing these details now, we leave a trail and a record of events will help future generation gain a fuller understanding of the past events.

Work cleaning the engine is showing some remarkable progress as a reward for a lot of hard and dirty work. We are always looking for more volunteers to help with this work. Onsite training and safety induction will be provided.


The bid team are working hard to put together a grant application for a feasibility study and have now submitted a first draft. Real progress is now being made.

The aim and objective of this study is to develop and produce a sustainable business plan to demonstrate that as a trust we are capable of managing this site in a business-like manner that clearly outlines how we will deliver an ongoing programme of funding, maintenance and renovation of the site. We will also outline how we will make it accessible, preserve the heritage and give benefit to the community in perpetuity.

We have just commenced a Heritage Lottery Fund Resilient Heritage Grant application. Resilient Heritage is a grant that will help and support the trust in becoming more sustainable organisation, help us improve our skills in maintaining the heritage and support us with our community engagement.

Florette Festival Market

We had a stand at the Florette Festival Market 8/9 July. John Child bought his replica Newcomen Beam engine, it was the star attraction. John came last year and his hand built beam engine was quite an eye catcher that aroused a lot of interest. John is an amazing guy who has driven the giant Cornish beam engine at the Museum of water in London. He is a long-term supporter of the work we are doing at Sandfields Pumping station.

Events like this are a great opportunity to show people the valuable work we do in the community, and is an opportunity to engage with the public and share our story with them

Here is a film of John’s beam Engine working

Forthcoming Events

Member Visits to Sandfields Pumping Station

To date, access to the pumping station has been quite restrictive. We know a lot of our members have not seen inside the pumping Station yet, so we are about to rectify this.

We are in a position to take three visitors around Sandfields every Friday morning between 11:00am and 12:00 noon. The visits be pre-booked and is open to members only. If you are not yet a member, then please consider joining us at this link.

Members will be given an event password in a separate email.

To book a visit, please go to our Eventbrite booking page here.

Huddlesford Gathering

Huddlesford Gathering is on the weekend of 23/24 September, we have kindly been invited to have a stand and are therefore looking for volunteers to meet and greet visitors.

Can you help?

If you enjoy meeting people and can spare a couple of houses on either of these days, please get in touch.

Health and Safety

We know people have mixed views about Health and Safety, however we have a very clear view about our members. We think you are incredible and value the work you do; therefore, we want to keep you safe.

We have an amazing health and safety manager, Phil Bowers, who has a very practical no nonsense hands on approach to health and safety.

We like to keep things simple and want our members not to feel daunted by health and safety regulations. We will walk you though the process and give you practical hands on training at a pace set by you.

To date 20 people have received site induction. Those who wish to volunteer on site please let Phil know.

Membership

It would really help us if we develop and grow our membership. If you are not already a member and would you like to be a part of one of the region’s most exciting heritage projects then please, join us now by filling in Membership Application Form by going to our membership page here. It is free to join and be a part of this incredibly exciting project.

Donations

We have incurred some considerable expenditure covering legal costs, insurance and training. We will always invest in our people, and we are planning further training days soon too. All these costs soon mount up, so if you can donate, then please visit our donation page here, any amount is helpful and well appreciated.

You can also do a direct bank transfer:
Bank Details:
HSBC Bank
Account Name: Lichfield Waterworks Trust
Sort Code: 40-28-18
Account Number: 02050722

Finally

Thank you everyone for your continued support and helping to make a difference in your community.

We never share your data with anyone else, but we do like to have your details correct. If there are any errors or omissions, please let us know.

Our data protection policy is here:

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