Vintage horse drawn manual fire pump heading to national museum
The horse drawn manual pump from Ledbury was built by Hadley, Simpkin & Lott around 1835 and is thought to be one of the very few examples of such design still in existence in the country.
he manual pump has been kindly donated to FireWorld by Ledbury Town Council. Station Commander Martin Lown from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) explained: “The wooden manual pump has been in store at the fire station for many years and its condition has been slowly but steadily deteriorating. However, it is seen as both part of the Fire Service’s history and Ledbury’s heritage, and so we have enlisted the help of the Town Council in Ledbury to secure its future.”
The Mayor of Ledbury, Councillor Phill Bettington, will therefore be formally handing over the manual fire pump on Thursday morning (25 October) to Neil Wallington, Chairman of the Fire Services National Museum Trust, and a former Chief Fire Officer of Devon Fire & Rescue Service. The pump will then be restored to working condition by volunteers and displayed at the FireWorld museum with other fire & rescue vehicles and equipment used by firefighters throughout the ages.