.’. Cornhill Water Pump .’.

The City of London inside of the square mile has many pumps and wells which have blended in nicely with our modern day buildings. Although they are no longer in use they still have a certain amount of charm and quaintness. Many of these old pumps …

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The City of London inside of the square mile has many pumps and wells which have blended in nicely with our modern day buildings. Although they are no longer in use they still have a certain amount of charm and quaintness. Many of these old pumps long ago were a necessity, and large amounts of people I am sure, would have queued along with cattle, to refresh themselves.

This water pump standing on Cornhill, was used to water the horses in Victorian times, and was a replacement for the first mechanically pumped public water supply in London. Constructed here in 1582 on the site of an even earlier hand-pump, the mechanism a force pump driven by a water wheel under the northernmost arch of London Bridge, transferred water from the Thames through lead pipes to four outlets.

A cast iron grade II listed water pump with granite trough, outside The Royal Exchange. Each side has a fire insurance emblem. Phoenix, County, Sun and Royal Exchange.
The inscription on this side states:
On This Spot a Well Was First Made and a House of Correction Built Thereon by Henry Wallis Mayor of London in the Year 1282.

On the other side it states:
The Well Was Discovered Much Enlarged and This Pump Erected in the Year 1799 by the Contributions of The Bank of England and The East India Company The Neighbouring Fire Offices Together With the Bankers and Traders of the Ward of Cornhill

Standing at Cornhill this Water Pump not only represents the past history but also of how many times in our rushing lifes we never have time to just stop and look at simple things in life that can tell us so much of the past. London is this amazing City and would be great to have more people looking around as well.

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Author: Dani Middleton

I was born in Brazil in 1981 and lived there for 23 years before emigrating to the UK in 2005. I had read about England’s history since a young age however I moved here purely due to the history of London itself. Everything in this city fascinates me; from its parks, pubs and buildings to street names, post boxes and bollards. Watching children “beating the bounds” or the rose ceremony, you can never be tired of London. I love the quirkiness of the little alleys, the secrets of the forgotten architecture and how wonderful it can be to simply turn a corner and suddenly find a whole new world. I have worked in some remarkable places in London: museums, palaces, galleries, archives, even digging for the MoL on the Thames foreshore but I now work for Tower Bridge where, daily, I can see the City from a different point of view. Working for the City, learning its history and stories makes me eager to learn more. London is a flowing, living organism, with the old and new together transforming it every day, but always with its history at your fingertips. One step, an intricate Victorian coal hole; another step, an old Police box; yet another, an office block built seamlessly onto an old roman ruin. I am just a girl, lost in London trying not to find the way out but a way deeper, further inside what makes this city so… special, so… unique, so… me. I am a Londoner.

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