Sunday 30 June 2013

From pillar to pump

This rather unusual pump is in Montagu Square, Marylebone. (It's not unique: there's a very similar one in neighbouring Bryanston Square.) The surrounding houses were built in 1811, although the private garden in the centre is probably a few years older.

Dating from the early nineteenth century, the pump is a little mysterious: unlike most Victorian cast iron, it doesn't bear a foundry name. Presumably the Doric column is intended to reflect the elegance of the Regency houses surrounding the garden, whose inhabitants used the pump. Unusually, the square remains residential today - although the residents enjoy rather more modern plumbing!

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