London History

.’. Water Pump – Boswell St. and Bedford Row .’.

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. (Thomas Fuller – 1732) 

BOSWELL ST. – At the south of the Queen Square is a cast-iron water pump dated 1840 and crowned by a later lamp with ladder bars; situated in a circular set of cobbles the base with coats of arms of St Andrew and St George and date MDCCCXL.

It has a small attached wast e water trough and is surrounded by 3 Portland stone and 1 cast-iron Gothic style bollards. It is one of those good features we see in London and wonder how busy it used to be in its time. Who use it? Did the Victorians Hospitals around were one of the customers?


BEDFORD ROW – This beautiful old water pump, complete with a lamp, stands in the middle of the road in Bedford Row, near to Jockey Fields and Grays Inn. Local dwellers and Lawyers would draw their water in the early 1800. Charles Dickens lived and worked closed by, so it makes me think: Would Charles Dickens have almost certainly used this pump at sometime? Everything is possible I say, and we can never really now.




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