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Throwback Thursday: Hand water pump in hamlet near Harpenden in 1905

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 September 2018

A hand operated water pump in Kinsbourne Green in 1905. Picture: John Cooper

A hand operated water pump in Kinsbourne Green in 1905. Picture: John Cooper

Archant

Clear, clean tap water flowing on demand is something that many people take for granted.

But as little as just over 100 years ago, the hamlet of Kinsbourne Green near Harpenden relied on a hand operated pump - which was installed in 1905 for £90.

There were two pipes, one for jugs or buckets and a taller one for wagons and water carts.

The pump was just in front of the former Methodist Church built in 1856.

This picture is from the collection of John Cooper, an author who pens pictorial history books about Harpenden.

He has written A postcard from Harpenden, Harpenden Through Time, and Harpenden: The Postcard Collection.

His next book, Harpenden: A Village in Wartime, will be published on October 15 and John is hosting a book signing at Harpenden Books on November 17, from 10.30am to 1pm.

Do you have an old picture to share? Let us know at enjoyhapendenmore@archant.co.uk

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