All hands to the pump of history...

John Tanner from  Barnsley museum and Blue Watch Barnsley with the 212 year old Bramah pump at the town hall
John Tanner from Barnsley museum and Blue Watch Barnsley with the 212 year old Bramah pump at the town hall
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A HISTORIC fire engine more than 200 years old is back home in Barnsley.

A guard of honour from Barnsley fire station’s Blue Watch welcomed the 221-year-old Joseph Bramah pump - one of the town’s most historic treasures.

Joseph Bramah, born in 1749 in Stainborough, was one of Britain’s most important inventors and the father of hydraulic power. The pump now back at Barnsley Town Hall is believed to be the only one made by him still in existence in the country.

His pump, the first continuous-pressure fire engine, was used across Europe. All modern firefighting appliances owe their origins to Bramah.

It will be displayed in the new Experience Barnsley museum in the Town Hall, due to open in May.

Project manager John Tanner said: “The pump is the precursor to almost all modern firefighting appliances.

‘’We think it is a fascinating story - Bramah was a very inspiring person.”