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Broadmead Pumping Station
Hertford Road, Ware, Hertfordshire, UK
associated engineer
Not known
date  1881
era  Victorian  |  category  Water Supply/Pipes  |  reference  TL352140
ICE reference number  HEW 277
This is the most northerly of the well-pumping stations built alongside the New River in the 19th century. New River was constructed at the start of the 17th century to supply London with water from Hertfordshire. Broadmead Pumping Station abstracted water from a deep well in the chalk to augment the river flows. The buildings still exist, but are not in use.
Broadmead Pumping Station is on the north bank of the New River, with a separate square tapered chimney 19.8m tall to the east. There is a single storey wing at the rear (north) and an adjoining house to the west. Construction is generally yellow-brown brick with Welsh slated roofs.
The main building has two storeys and an attic floor, though the ground floor storey is much taller than usual to accommodate the pumping machinery. On the river side there are two large round-headed windows on the ground floor and three sash windows on the first floor. At the rear there are three arched semicircular windows, two in the main elevation and one in the east gable end. The attic floor has a circular window on each of its four sides. All windows have bright yellow window dressings and the corners of the walls have rusticated quoins. The roof has pedimented gables to north and south and gabled ends west and east.
The pumping station was powered by a steam engine that was inverted vertically over the 160m deep well, though this is no longer in place. It drove a concertina pump with a capacity of 6.82 million litres per day.
It has been a Grade II listed building since 1974. Broadmead’s owners, Thames Water, converted the pumping station into offices in the 1980s and leased the buildings to the Environment Agency. Since June 2010 they have been empty.
Contractor: James Simpson
Research: ECPK
reference sources   CEH Lond

Broadmead Pumping Station