This Lister A28 type engine came to me from a farm near Purton,
Swindon, as a heap of parts, and was restored to working order many
years ago. Dated as 1939 it is 3 1/2 Hp at 600 rpm. The Amanco No 2
pump was made by Amanco during the 1920s in the UK and served to pump
the Oxford University field station on Wytham hill. When replaced by an
electric motor, it was deposited at Begbroke Hill farm and left to rust
for many years. I rescued it in 1979, and rebuilt it to working order.
The Kohler lighting plant was my first restoration of this kind.
This is the 800 watt, 110 volt version, as used in country houses
during the 1920s. Switching on a small load, such as one light bulb,
would automatically start the set from batteries. Once warmed up on
petrol, it can be run of paraffin. Unfortunately I parted with this
many years ago, but have since recovered the larger 1500 watt version
(right hand picture) with a cooling radiator. Yet another restoration
project for a quiet
The Climax Windpump is 30 feet high and has 8 foot diameter sails.
Rescued from its location over a shallow well in Herefordshire, this is
another project for idle moments.
These used to be a very common site on farms all over the UK but few
survive in good condition. I have only seen 2 in recent years that are
The Blake hydraulic Ram pump is also an example of a type of water
pump that was very common all over the UK. Working entirely from the
inertia of water flow, which is used to push a smaller amount of water
up to several hundred feet. Like the sight of a windpump, the regular
beat sound of the clack valve was so well known that they were always
marked on Ordnance Survey maps as a means of navigation. I have only
found a handful still working in numerous expeditions around the UK
looking for them.
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