|BOB BLACKSHAW||17/01/2021 09:31:06|
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When out walking I come across these, I know that they are some type of water valve. How do these work ? there are no trough for water collection .
|David Tocher||17/01/2021 09:41:44|
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It looks like the ones seen in villages in rural Ireland. The knob on the right hand side is on a horizontal axis and when rotated water exits from the spout. Since almost everyone now has mains water within athe house it probably doesn't work anymore.
|pgk pgk||17/01/2021 09:42:48|
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Perhaps an old communal water pump/tap? Bring your own bucket or the trough got removed...
|pgk pgk||17/01/2021 09:47:18|
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Here ya go...
|roy entwistle||17/01/2021 09:48:37|
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I seem to remember a cast iron cup on a chain
|Eric Cox||17/01/2021 10:34:04|
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In the village near where I live (Ticknall, Derbyshire) there are a number dotted about the village.
Their history can be seen here
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|larry phelan 1||17/01/2021 10:48:15|
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They are quite simple to operate
"You turns the handle, you gets the water "
Usually over your feet, if you stand in the line of fire !
They were common when I was growing up and were the only source of water in many rural areas.
In those happy days, not many houses had showers/baths ect, so these little units were good enough/
Often, they had a cast iron cup on a chain, which would be used by about 20 kids, one after the other !, and we are still all alive.
HSE ? Who are they ?
|Howard Lewis||17/01/2021 11:11:10|
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There was one, outside the cottage, to which my In laws retired, in a village in Oxfordshire. That was in the 60s, it may still be there, but seemed to be unused at that time.
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I can remember these from parks around Liverpool in the '60s; we moved away to Chorley in '68
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Interesting that the lion head is so often used. My village has a stone lion head still issuing a trickle from a spring into a small trough for dogs. The two village communal pumps still in place were superceded by 4 taps when piped water was introduced in the '30's which I suppose was when my well was covered over. The taps still work though i don't know if they come off the original pipework or the new fangled treated water pumped up to the village in the '60's.
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Portsmouth City Council installed some modern drinking water supplies around Southsea seafront a couple of years ago, then last year had to shut them off.
Apparently people weren't using them enough to keep the pipes hygienic (precautions against legionnaire's disease I presume) and the council can't afford the staff to go round and run the water off. Ho-hum.
|Jon Lawes||17/01/2021 15:49:04|
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All the Fire hose reels were removed from an old MoD building I worked in a few years ago. When I asked why they said that the water in them could contain legionella.... I think I'd take the risk to be able to fight the fire!
|Calum Galleitch||17/01/2021 15:59:37|
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Lot of myths spoken about health & safety. Old fire reels are getting removed because if a fire is big enough to need a reel to tackle it, it's big enough for you to feck off out of there and wait for the professionals. The legionella is a separate thing, despite the shrinking of the defence estate lots of places are still underused to the extent that standing water in pipes can be a risk.
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