Waterhall pumping station, Patcham

Brighton Waterworks, c. 1910: The engine house at the Mile Oak water works was built in 1900 by Reeves and Kelly and used two Fleming and Ferguson 130 horse-power steam engines. The pumping station was demolished in 1961 and replaced by a new building with an electric water pump.

For John Snelling, who asked  this question:

I recall pumping station on the downs near the Brighton Bypass at Patcham where there was a old pumping house with a large flywheel on could see behind the windows. Can anyone date the demolition of this building and possibly the installation date (if known)?.

c) CORPORATION ACQUISITION and DEVELOPMENT: In July 1872, under the terms of the Brighton Corporation Waterworks Act, the corporation purchased the Constant Service Water Company, then supplying some 18,000 homes with 2.6 million gallons per day, for £321,000. The new undertaking covered Brighton, Falmer, Hangleton, Ovingdean, Patcham, Preston, and Rottingdean, and supplied both constant and intermittent services at different charges.

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Comments about this page

  • Many thanks for the photo and description of the Water pumping house. Much appreciated.

    By John C Snelling (15/03/2021)
  • My Grandfather was a caretaker here after the war, he died in 1947. Lived at 14 London Road Patcham.
    I just remember meeting him from work going up through the bridge I was only about 5 when he died. We were freer kids back then. He used to read me Rupert Bear Stories. I lived at Mayfield Crescent then.

    By Christine(Allwright) Martin (27/04/2021)
  • Hi Christine,

    My dad said that my Great Grandfather managed Waterhall Patcham water works probably around 1905/6. Apparently my grand father was prevented from working there because his dad would not have his son working under him so made him walk to the Falmer works, it was too much for him so he left and joined the army. Would love to have a copy of the picture you have.

    By Trevor Charles Watson (23/05/2021)

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