Sandfields Pumping Station
Sandfields Pumping Station

Visitors have found out more about an historic building in Lichfield at an open day event.

Lichfield Waterworks Trust opened the doors to Sandfields Pumping Station to showcase five years of work so far as part of plans to refurbish the Grade II* Listed structure.

The building is credited with saving thousands of lives during Cholera outbreaks as the Cornish beam engine pumped two million gallons of water per day to the Black Country during its working life.

Lichfield Waterworks Trust’s chair, Katy Shore-Kapsis, said the Day at the Waterworks event had been a huge success.

“It was fantastic to see so many people visiting the site, enjoying the beautiful engine and historic building, the entertainment and of course the excellent homemade cakes.

“For 2023, we’re now working towards a six-month celebration of the 150th anniversary of the beam engine’s installation – and it’s shaping up to be a stellar event.”

Katy Shore-Kapsis, Lichfield Waterworks Trust

The open day also saw an exhibition of past employees at the station, with an appeal to help learn more about some of those who kept the water pumping from the 1870s to the 1930s.

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