About us

Welcome to the website of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust, formerly known as the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station. We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered charity number 1160873 whose objective is to save the redundant waterworks at Sandfields, Lichfield.

The waterworks was built to serve the community and we believe that it should continue to a benefit the community.

Sandfields Pumping Station is a Grade II* listed site that is possibly one of the most overlooked yet important pieces of social and industrial heritage that Britain has. There is a strong argument that this building and its Cornish beam engine possibly saved a million lives from death by cholera. Unfortunately it is also an example of our heritage industrial heritage that is at risk.

The objective of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust is;

(1) To promote and preserve for the benefit of the public the Grade II* listed nineteenth-century Sandfields Pumping Station complex and associated infrastructure, and to facilitate its safety, conservation, security and accessibility.

(2) To promote and preserve for the benefit of the public the unique 1873 Cornish Beam Engine and other fixtures and fittings situated at Sandfields Pumping Station, Chesterfield Road, Lichfield.

(3) To promote access to Sandfields Pumping Station for the purposes of education, arts, community development, and protection of the historic environment.

(4) To work in partnership, as appropriate, to promote the social and historical context of Sandfields Pumping Station in Staffordshire and the West Midlands, and to build a community of interest around these topics.

(5) To promote, manage, maintain and restore water supply industry infrastructure assets and archives which are of historical significance for the benefit of the public.

(6) To acquire, disseminate, publish and make accessible historical information, archival material, artefacts and experiences relating to Britain’s water supply industry for the purposes of education, recreation, tourism and community development.

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This engine and building is unique. It is the only surviving engine in the whole world of its kind in this condition. Built in the Black Country, to supply water to the Black Country, it is a magnificent monument to the lives of individuals, telling the extraordinary story of fresh drinking water and how this supported the Industrial growth of the industrial revolution. The philanthropic endeavours of the Victorian engineers shows us how the benefits of giving something back to society, improved the heath, welfare and working lives of many people, and lead the way to the formation of the National Health Service as we know it today.

Would  you would like to become a part of this exciting project and a guardian of our industrial heritage?

Then become a member of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust. We are free to join, we welcome everyone and we publish a monthly new letter.

Then become a member of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust. We are free to join, we welcome everyone and we publish a monthly new letter.

4 Responses to About us

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  2. K fFrrell says:

    Your passion for the pumping station is clear.
    However, you need to be more direct in your strategy, otherwise your goals will not be met.
    Having passon for n historical building is what you are doing.
    To save the historic building, you need to be holding the Developers and teh Council to task.
    !200 name petition is what you need, otherwise, forget any influence regarding the outcome of the building.

  3. K fFrrell says:

    1200 nqme petition, just to correct the typo.
    best of luck.

  4. Tricia Wade says:

    I agree with Mr Ferrell. Having taken the Council to task on a few occasions you do need to be direct and a petition does focus their mind – provided it is done in the correct way. If the Developer has made a commitment in the 106 Agreement it should be honoured and their input and assistance sought. I live opposite this wonderful structure and apart from option 5 any of the ideas would be great and to preserve both the building and unique Cornish beam engine – an absolute object of beauty in its design – should be without question but I fear you have a long and arduous road. Councils and Planners would appear to prefer a building to fall into ruin than see it preserved for future generations. Good luck.

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