Join us for a TADS talk by Matthew Feldwick
Twyford Waterworks is an Edwardian pumping station containing a unique selection of buildings and machinery within a rural downland setting in the heart of Hampshire. The site was given the status of a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1973 and passed, as such, to the Southern Water Authority on 1st April 1974. In 1985 the Twyford Waterworks Trust was incorporated as a charity to run it. The Trust obtained a lease for the redundant parts of the site in 1992. With the privatisation of the water supply industry, the works passed to Southern Water Services, who are the present owners of the site and who still extract 5 million gallons (25 megalitres) from the original boreholes.
Although built and extended over 30 years, the main buildings present a coherent set of high-quality public works buildings of the early twentieth century when authorities pride their public façade. The older sections have escaped demolition and thus a complete series of steam, diesel, separate d.c. Motors and modern submersible electric pumps are still available for the public to view and, in many cases, see in operation.