Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Hidden Henley

JUST off the dual carriageway at Bix is this curious Victorian water tank and pump, believed to date from 1895.

JUST off the dual carriageway at Bix is this curious Victorian water tank and pump, believed to date from 1895.

The tank holds 140 cubic metres and has a surround made from bricks and tiles that were produced at the Nettlebed Brickworks when it was thriving.

Water running off the adjacent road used to keep the tank full and the pump would have been used by residents and farm workers as well as for horses taking a break from pulling loads to and from the brickworks.

The tank and pump were restored after more than 40 years of neglect and were re-opened in 2001 by then Henley MP Boris Johnson to commemorate the Queen’s golden jubilee.

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