Reinstatement of the Wash Pit Railings, Eccleshall,

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Date:July 1999

Description:The Wash Pit, or Sheep Pool, on Church Street was a pond fed by a spring.

After a fire at the church in 1868 the need for a water supply became apparent. In 1890 the Wash Pit was cleaned out and deepened for holding water; railings were added for safety. It was used by the fire service, who also washed their engine there.

With the introduction of a mains water supply, the Wash Pit fell into disrepair. The railings were removed and the area filled in and planted with shrubs.

In 1999 what was believed to be sections of the railings were found, restored and replaced. The unveiling ceremony was performed by Mr Gordon Dale, Chairman of Eccleshall Parish Council, and Divisional Officer John O' Leary of Staffordshire Fire Service (right).


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1900s
Wash Pit, Eccleshall,
Wash Pit, Eccleshall,

The Wash Pit, or Sheep Pool, on Church Street was a pond fed by a spring. After ...

1930s
Old Vicarage, Eccleshall,
Old Vicarage, Eccleshall,

The Old Vicarage on Vicarage Close was built in 1703. The building has not been ...

1950s
Lych Gate and War Memorial, Eccleshall,
Lych Gate and War Memorial, Eccleshall,

1990s
Excavation of the Wash Pit Railings, Eccleshall, (1)
Excavation of the Wash Pit Railings, Eccleshall, (1)

The Wash Pit, or Sheep Pool, on Church Street was a pond fed by a spring. After ...

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Image courtesy of: Baker, Jan

Donor ref:J. Baker No., PT00020, img: 1985 (18/2427)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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