Pumped up about restoration project
9:51am Mon May 23, 2016
 
Restoration work has been completed on the Victorian town pump in Newark Market Place.
From left, Newark Town Council clerk Mr Alan Mellor, town and district councillor Mr David Lloyd, Mr Michael Knapton and Mr Ian Harrison, the district council’s business manager for car parking and markets. 19052016TR4-1
From left, Newark Town Council clerk Mr Alan Mellor, town and district councillor Mr David Lloyd, Mr Michael Knapton and Mr Ian Harrison, the district council’s business manager for car parking and markets. 19052016TR4-1
Newark Civic Trust received £6,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project, including an information board about the history of the pump and adjacent bear-baiting post.

Trust chairman Mr Michael Knapton said they were pleased with the work.

“Hopefully this will mean nothing more will need to be done for many years — and the work should prevent the pump from deteriorating further,” he said.

The trust worked in partnership with Newark and Sherwood district and Newark town councils on the project.

The pump dates to the mid-19th Century when hand operated pumps were found across the country.

It is believed the Newark one, which was used for about 150 years, was likely to have been installed by the town council because it bears the town’s civic heraldic coats of arms.

The project has also included improvements to the trust website, which will feature information about the pump.

Mr Knapton said they were still trying to find more about it and would like to hear from anyone with information.

The lottery funding has enabled a free bus trip to be organised to Papplewick Pumping Station on June 30.

Places are still available. Anyone interested in going on the trip should contact the trust at http://newarkcivictrust.org.uk/events.html

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