Getting to Know our People – William Paterson

We recently received and enquiry from a relative of William Paterson, asking if we knew anything about him?

Chris Pattison, archivist and historian extraordinaire is always up for the challenge. Digging deep into the archives, immediately came up with the goods: –

Bill Paterson was foreman at Maplebrook. He retired in the 1960s but was present at the last steaming of Maplebrook in 1972 after he retired. There are some photographs of him at that event. He was one of the Company’s leading experts on steam plant….

 

Here is a link to the article as it appeared in the January and June 1972 issue of New Review, the monthly new letter of the South Staffs Water Company

 

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Miss Basia Smith

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Miss Basia Smith.

Basia was a great supporter of the work we are doing at Sandfields. she had a huge interest and passion for the Sandfields pumping station and has been instrumental in the past providing documents and assistance to push for the preservation of the building and engine. it was her letter to the MP in 2012 that triggered the start of the campaign to save Sandfields Pumping Station. We got to know and love her dearly. We feel that we have lost a close friend.

Last year we made her a life member of the trust, so we now hope that we can continue with our campaign to preserve Sandfields Pumping Station, so that it can stand proudly in the landscape as a testament to her life.

Her funeral will take place on Wednesday 28th February at 2:30pm at the Lichfield Crematorium, Fradley.

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February Meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust

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

Monday 12 February @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.

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Sandfields Pumping Station, Lichfield

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

 

Following tonight’s meeting we have an extra special treat. Our very own Colin Ablitt will give a talk on:

The Lichfield Conduit Lands Trust

 

Lichfield Conduit Lands was founded over 450 years ago and is now governed by a Charity Commission Scheme dated 30th July 1982. When the Trust was created, Lichfield citizens already benefitted from quite a sophisticated system of water supply. The Franciscan Friary had a piped supply of water from a spring at Aldershawe, as early as 1301.  In the fifteenth century a public conduit known as the Crucifix was erected in Bird Street and extended along Bore Street to a conduit at its junction with Conduit Street, and then along Tamworth Street to another conduit at its junction with Lombard Street.  A Market Square conduit was served by a branch pipe running along Breadmarket Street….

 

Crucifix Conduit and Friary Gates

This is one of those rare opportunities to understand first-hand the long and interesting history of water in Lichfield and how the trust has developed into a Charity dedicated to assisting individuals and organisations within the boundaries of the City of Lichfield.

 

 

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Piece by piece the picture unfolds….

CaptureIt’s great when another missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle turns up. Roy and Linda Fell called in to Sandfields pumping Station today bringing with them a wealth of information that we have not seen before.

This is an extract from some excellent research notes done by George Price of the Black Country Museum.

We are extremely grateful for this, thank you too all involved.

 

 

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Sandfields Pumping Station People

An amazing selection of photographs showing just a small proportion of the hard work the volunteers have put into saving one of the most important pieces of industrial heritage in the midlands. 

A lot more work has also been dome including bid writing, policy making, asset registers, walks and talks in the community, fund raising, meetings, escorted visits, supporting other organisations…. The list is endless. 

We are so fortunate that we have a great team of people, all of them with two hands. One to help themselves and one to help others.

 

 

 

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust December News and Events

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

Monday 8 January @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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News and Events

May we take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New year. 2017 has been a very eventful year for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust.

The trust was granted a licence to enter the building in February 2107 after four years of hard work. While initially we were quite dismayed at the state of the building and engine, the volunteers quickly rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in.

A lot of volunteer hours later, the transformation has been remarkable, with significant headway being made. There is still a lot to do, but we know that the task in hand is achievable. Thank you to everyone who has taken part.

Sandfields Works Day from David Moore on Vimeo.

 

Great News from the Architectural Heritage Fund

Press Release – Lichfield Waterworks Trust

The campaign to save the Grade II* listed Victorian Waterworks at Sandfields Pumping Station, Lichfield takes another step forward with the award of a Project Viability Grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund.

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust was set up to save what is considered to be one of the Black Country’s hidden historic gems, and the regions least known about pieces of Industrial Heritage. The provision of clean water played a significant part in the growth of the Industrial Revolution, and added twenty years to the average life expectancy of everyday working people.

Trust Secretary Gill Bellenie said that the award of this grant is a significant achievement and places the trust in a position to really move forward with its quest to save this iconic building for the benefit of the community.

If you would like to be a part of this very exciting project, or would like further information, then please visit our website

www.lichfieldwaterworkstrust.com

Grants

We are also very pleased to announce that have been successful in a grant application to the Tesco Bags of Help programme. The grant amount is dependant on the number of votes cast by the customers of the local Tesco Stores. Voting for our project is due to start in Tesco store/s on the 2 January 2018. We will update you with further and better particulars in the new year.

Work Teams

The pumping Station will be closed over the Christmas period and will reopen to the work parties on Friday 12 January 2108.

Finally – A word or two from our Chairman

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Why are we doing this?

Industrial heritage buildings sit there quietly in the landscape, often unloved, often long forgotten. Their familiarity in the landscape has eroded away the curiosity of the passer by. But given the opportunity, our industrial heritage can tell remarkable stories of the past, of everyday people, and help us define who we are.

The gothic revival style gave Brittan its industrial look and identity. It took the language from the past and built the way to the future. The water engineering achievements of the Victorian engineers gave something back to the community, removing deaths from cholera from Brittan, enabling a new improved quality of life for all.

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But let us never forget that Cholera is still the seventh biggest killer in the modern world. With 1.3 million people still infected with this dreadful disease, and 130 thousand death each year, it still has a significant impact on the quality of lives of millions of people.

This is why is so important to preserve our industrial heritage, to allow it to tell its remarkable story’s, to give us voice, and bear witness to history, so that others may learn, so they may celebrate our triumphs and be warned of our failures.

We are all creatures of memory. We cannot have a future idea unless we access a memory of the past. This is why we should save this building.

Thank you all, have an amazing Christmas.

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Press Release – Lichfield Waterworks Trust

The campaign to save the Grade II* listed Victorian Waterworks at Sandfields Pumping Station, Lichfield takes another step forward with the award of a Project Viability Grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund.

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1. Left to right Trust Secretary Gill Bellenie, Elizabeth Perkins, Support Officer, Architectural Heritage Fund, Trust Chairman David Moore,

 

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust was set up to save what is considered to be one of the Black Country’s hidden historic gems, and the regions least known about pieces of Industrial Heritage. The provision of clean water played a significant part in the growth of the Industrial Revolution, and added twenty years to the average life expectancy of everyday working people.

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Sandfields Pumping Station, a gothic revival masterpiece that defined the industrial identity of the Country.

Trust Secretary Gill Bellenie said that the award of this grant is a significant achievement and places the trust in a position to really move forward with its quest to save this iconic building for the benefit of the community.

Sandfields Gothic

Inside the Grade II* listed Victorian Waterworks, a cathedral to the Industrial Revolution and a fitting testament to the Black Country’s Iron Masters skills 

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