The Park Water Works
Also known as The Sion Hill Water Works
This building with the appearance of a chapel is in fact a water pumping station that was designed by Thomas Hawksley and built c 1850. It would have housed a large steam engine that was used to pump water from a 7 feet diameter, 240 feet deep well driven into the Nottingham sandstone. The pumped water was stored in a reservoir at the bottom of The Ropewalk on the corner with Park Row. (See Ropewalk House photo).
It was closed down because of fears of contamination of the water course from bodies in the nearby General Cemetery.
Who said Nottingham water used to taste better in the good old days before Severn Trent Water PLC?
© Ray Teece 26-02-2007