Waterworks and tower
By Steve Turner
Hi. When I moved to Wynchlands Crescent in 1994 I noted, when driving past, the elegant Water Pumping Station at Cell Barnes (c.1910?, along with it’s rather functional concrete water tower).
It’s a great shame that the developers demolished this lovely building rather than convert it.
I remember taking a peek through a window after the hospital was closed and seeing lovely green glazed tiles around the walls and the two electric pumping engines in situ along with the big chain-operated hoisting crane mounted in the ceiling. There was also a small worship annex alongside with a workbench, vice and some tools.
Does anyone have any pictures, drawings, diagrams or information about water treatment works at the two hospitals? Do any former maintenance staff remember when it was operational and have any records?
I remember the local paper running an article on the demolishing of the tower. I’ll see if I can get them to look it up. If successful I’ll post it up.