Group restores a piece of Sheffield history

A local neighbourhood group has restored an old water pump in Carter Knowle Road, Sheffield. Our picture shows, from left, Pam Denniff, grandson Charlie Denniff, aged ten, Cath Baldock and Joe Simpson at ceremony to mark the completion of the project.
A local neighbourhood group has restored an old water pump in Carter Knowle Road, Sheffield. Our picture shows, from left, Pam Denniff, grandson Charlie Denniff, aged ten, Cath Baldock and Joe Simpson at ceremony to mark the completion of the project.
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A restored 17th century water pump is a new landmark in a Sheffield suburb thanks to hard work by a local community group.

The pump on Carter Knowle Road near the Bannerdale Centre was neglected for decades, hidden from view by brambles and weeds, with few realising its historical significance.

But thanks to the efforts of the Carter Knowle and Millhouses Neighbourhood Group it is a talking point for passers-by again.

“We have been planting flowers and clearing the area to make the pump a feature for the local community – it is a little bit of local history,” said group member Pam Denniff.

The group is looking to complete the project by installing a small square stone trough to replace the long lost original.

“The pump and its trough were originally used by ponies needing a drink on the way to the salt mines on the moors of Ringinglow,” Pam added.