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Description: Hatton Water Pumping Station and Chimney
Date Listed: 25 April 1980
English Heritage Building ID: 272347
OS Grid Reference: SJ8293036994
OS Grid Coordinates: 382930, 336994
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9301, -2.2554
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In the entry for:
SWYNNERTON COMMON LANE
4/2 Water Pumping Station
Main Pump House
The grade and the description shall be amended to read:
SJ 83 NW SWYNNERTON COMMON LANE
Hatton (north side)
953-0/4/2 Hatton Water Pumping
25.04.80 Station and Chimney
Water pumping station and chimney. c1892, G Day Harrison, engineer to the Staffs Potteries
Water Company, horizontal cross compound engine house added 1898, horizontal compound
tandem engine house 1907, converted to electric pumps 1959. Polychromatic yellow brick with
stone, red brick and terracotta dressings and hipped slate roof T-shaped plan of central S beam
engine house with rear boiler house and chimney to its SE re-entrant, parallel E cross
compound, and W compound tandem engine houses either side of the boiler house. Italianate
style. 2-storeys and basement; 1-bay engine houses. Main engine house has rusticated pilasters
to each bay, plinth, moulded stone string, dentil cornice and stone-coped parapet with urn
finials. Entrance gable has steps up to a round-arched doorway with rusticated jambs, moulded
archivolt, round-arched niches, with 2 narrow round-arched lights above. Decorative terracotta
panels and niches with aquatic images of reeds, fish, cornucopia etc. To the rear a tall belvedere.
Single-storey secondary engine houses in a similar style, with steps up to round-arched doors
with flanking niches in the end elevation; 6-window side ranges of tall round-arched windows
with glazing bars, rusticated pilasters and parapet. Single-storey boiler house has arched
windows and gable ends. INTERIOR: The primary beam engine house contains the
entablature beam support with 4 fluted Corinthian columns and the beam, and has a tiled dado;
secondary engine houses have decorative tiled dados, moulded cornices along the imposts of
the windows to support the gantry cranes, and have metal trussed roofs. Subsidiary features:
Octagonal section chimney against the E side of the boiler house has a plinth and a wide
terracotta cap. Further information: Originally contained a pair of compound rotative beam
engines in the main engine house, which was completed in 1892; work continued for almost
20 years. Has strong group value with the First and Second Engineman's houses and office, and
entrance gateway (qv). Historical note: An agreement with the landowner Basil Fitzherbert of
Swynnerton Hall required a greater architectural consideration by the Company than was
normal for waterworks. As such one ofthe most decorative pumping stations in Britain, though
an anachronistic example of the Italianate style, and an important local landmark.
SWYNNERTON COMMON LANE
Water Pumping Station:
Main Pump House
SJ 83 NW 4/2
Circa 1890. Late example of Italianate pumping station. Yellow brick with dressings
of red brick and stone, and stone plinth. One and 2 storeys; tall semi-circular
headed windows and doorway with fanlight and stone steps up; rusticated pilasters
defining bays; moulded stone stringcourse; stone-coped parapet above corbel table;
urn finials; pyramidal tile roof. Monumental belvedere tower. Plant converted
from steam to diesel-electric operation in 1959 but interior of pumproom retains
pivot beam supported on 4 cast iron Corinthian columns.
Listing NGR: SJ8294436994
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