Sandfields Cornish Pumping Engine & People

Sandfield’s Cornish Pumping Engine

In 1873 installed

Great, magnificent and efficient

50 years non stop performed

Sandfield’s Cornish Pumping Engine

In the 20s put on hold

Sultzer Uniflow taking over

Victorian pumping days still told

Sandfield’s Cornish Pumping Engine

Quietly rusting well away

Now home to lots of pigeons

Pumping days far far away

Sandfield’s Cornish Pumping Engine

Coated in a thick layer of dust

Engine team are all over her

Polishing back all signs of rust

Sandfield’s Cornish Pumping Engine

Housed in a building of grand design

Rotting woodwork, holes in windows

Maintenance team now putting right

Sandfield’s Cornish Pumping Engine

No electric all in dark

20-19 saw the change come

Electric team now have the spark

Sandfield’s Cornish Pumping Engine

Remembering people and days gone by

Coming back to life again now

Working once again we’ll try

Katy Shore-Kapsis

About morturn

Historian – Photographer – Filmmaker Retired construction professional with a passion for public, social and industrial history. I believe in equality, dignity and integrity for all. Don’t like people who try to belittle the ambitions of others. I am of the opinion that my now life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.
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