Lichfield Waterworks Trust October 2019 public meeting takes place this evening


Sandfields Pumping Station – a great historic building with immense history and social significance – not just to Lichfield, but to the Black Country. Lichfield Discovered and local historian Dave Moore have saved this valuable asset for the community.

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 14th September 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group.

The meeting is at the Bowling Green pub, Lichfield from 7:30pm and is of course open to anyone interested.

Dave wrote:


Lichfield Waterworks Trust October Newsletter

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on Monday 14 October 2019 at 7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the
The Bowling Green
Friary Road
WS13 6QJ
Tel: 01543 257344
The Bowling Green serves some great food and real ales.

September meeting notes are available here

Latest News

Building Lease Update:

Persimmon have emailed the trust on 12 August 2019 stating:

“We feel that we are still not in a position whereby we can commit to your requirements; and that a meeting would be better to thrash out the details”.

As the trust is a not for profit entity and is without a revenue stream, thrashing out details is not the way we would wish to work or conduct our business. Therefore, we have asked Persimmon to list the items in the heads of terms we can agree, and place those to one side as agreed. Then to list the items that they cannot agree, so that the trustees can have the opportunity to study, consider and agree if this would or would not leave the trust in a financially viable position.
The trustees have chased Persimmon twice on this issue to no avail.

Important Note:

After the visit by Historic England on 16 Jan, the site has unfortunately been placed on the Heritage At Risk Register.

This is indeed sad news to see that this magnificent piece of industrial heritage is now officially at risk of permanent loss.
The trust is committed to continue working with the owner, Persimmon Homes Ltd to find a sustainable solution that will bring this building and its historic contents aback into a community use.

Tonight’s Talk

Following on from last months talk from Ian Pell who gave a very interesting and insightful talk on the South Staffordshire Railway
Our very own David Moore will be presenting a talk on: 

Digital Photography including video filming, producing time lapse sequences and drone photography.

David’s interest in photography began in the early 70’s supporting his passion for exploring industrial sites. Inspired by the industrial photographer George Watkins, he soon realised that to carefully record these sites he needed more than a Kodak Instamatic camera. What followed was a steep learning curve into the world of photography.
From the days of hijacking his mother’s bathroom for a darkroom, digital photography has not only made great quality photography accessible to many, it has continued to initiate new skills in computing and digital media processing.
If you will like to know more about photography, film-making time lapse sequences and digital processing then this will be an interesting evening to anyone with a remote interest in digital media.

Site Report

With the site now on the at-risk register for Historic England, Persimmon have taken possession of the site to complete the repairs identified, therefore there is very little to report in September.
Persimmon has indicated that we should be able to take back possession of the site on 7 October 2019, however this need to be confirmed.
We will keep you updated on progress.

3D Walkthrough

Dudley Technical College has been extremely kind in producing a 3D Walkthrough for the trust. This is an amazing piece of work that not only showcases the site, it also provides an opportunity to those who are unable to visit the site or climb the stairs

Please click on the image below

History West Midlands – Podcast

History West Midlands have produced a stunning podcast titled – Making Cholera History in the Black Country.
Presented by writer and broadcaster Graham Fisher and Directed by Andy Partington, featuring David Moore, the podcast gives a detailed history of both Sandfields pumping Station and the story of clean water.

Please click on the image below


With over 2,500 volunteer working hours, (equates to more than two full time equivalents) and over £14,000 spent in cleaning equipment, materials and scaffold over the last two years. This month has seen quite a drain on our bank balance with invoices for the viability study and scaffolding landing on the desk. Looking at the engine now, as opposed to how it looked in 2016, the volunteers have made some remarkable progress.

We will also always invest in our people and we are planning further training days soon. All these costs soon mount up, so if you can donate, then please visit our donation page here.
Any amount is helpful, is well appreciated and will be carefully spent preserving our industrial past for our future generations, developing skills for our people and making our community a better place
Please make cheques payable to; Lichfield Waterworks Trust, and send to our address:
22 Walsall Road
WS13 8AB


We would like this opportunity to welcome a few new members.

Thank you for joining the Lichfield Waterworks Trust. We hope you will enjoy your membership and become part of a very exciting heritage project that will benefit the people, the place and the community.

It would really help us if we develop and grow our membership. If you are not already a member and would you like to be a part of one of the region’s most exciting heritage projects then please, join us now by filling in Membership Application Form by going to our membership page here. It is free to join and be a part of this incredibly exciting project.


Thank you everyone for your continued support and helping to make a difference in our community.

Do pop over to Dave Moore’s blog and check out the history of Sandfields Pumping Station, an almost forgotten gem – the group also has a Facebook page.

Dave is, of course, one of the leading lights of Lichfield Discovered, along with Kate ‘Cardigan’ Gomez from Lichfield Lore.

It’s great to see people like Dave encourage a better attitude to our historic buildings -please do attend if you’re able, it’s sure to be enlightening and educational.

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