Information for record number MWA1876:
Alcester Waterworks Wheel

Summary Alcester pump house which was in use during the Imperial period. It was used to pump water to a reservoir on Grunt Hill. The water wheel is still visible but the parts of the pump house are not. It was situated 200m north of the church at Arrow.
What Is It?  
Type: Waterworks, Pump House, Water Wheel
Period: Imperial - Industrial (1751 AD - 1913 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Alcester
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 08 56
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 A 19th century pitchback waterwheel 5.7m diameter by 0.7m wide which was part of a pumping station lifting water from a well and bore hole on the site to a reservoir on Grunt Hill whence it gravitated to Alcester. Waterwheel remained in use until 1944 supplemented by a gas engine.
2 The wheel is still in situ. The condition (if any) of the rest of the pumping station is not known.
3 Described.

Source No: 3
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Ind Arch Rev
Author/originator: Johnson C
Date: 1986
Page Number: 166-76
Volume/Sheet: 8
Source No: 2
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: Warwickshire Watermills
Author/originator: Booth D T N
Date: 1984
Page Number:
Source No: 1
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: Industrial Monuments Survey
Author/originator: Falconer K A
Date: 1980
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period Imperial 1751 AD to 1914 AD (end of the 18th century AD to the beginning of the 20th century AD)

This period comes after the Post Medieval period and before the modern period and starts with beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1750. It includes the second part of the Hannoverian period (1714 – 1836) and the Victorian period (1837 – 1901). The Imperial period ends with the start of the First World War in 1914.
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monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument GAS ENGINE * A machine producing mechanical power by the internal combustion of gas. back
monument ARCH * A structure over an opening usually formed of wedge-shaped blocks of brick or stone held together by mutual pressure and supported at the sides; they can also be formed from moulded concrete/ cast metal. A component; use for free-standing structure only. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument WATERWORKS * Buildings, engineering constructions and machinery, used for the purpose of supplying a town, etc, with water distributed through pipes. back
monument INDUSTRIAL * This is the top term for the class. See INDUSTRIAL Class List for narrow terms. back
monument PUMP * A machine used to raise and move water and other liquids, compress gases, etc. Use more specific type where known. back
monument WELL * A shaft or pit dug in the ground over a supply of spring-water. back
monument PUMP HOUSE * A small pumping station. back
monument WATERMILL * A mill whose machinery is driven by water. back
monument PUMPING STATION * A waterworks pumping station. back
monument WATER WHEEL * A structure associated with forges, watermills, water-powered factories, etc. back
monument RESERVOIR * A large natural or artificial body of water, sometimes covered, used to collect and store water for a particular function, eg. industrial or public use. back

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