Attwells fountain is on the Thames Promenade. The location was once directly connected with the top of Whitley Street by tram and later trolleybus routes. Not so nowadays when all buses with the exception of the No 17, the ‘backbone of Reading’, terminate at Reading Station.
12 May is the anniversary of the erection of the replica of the Whitley Pump on the roundabout at the top of Whitley Street eighteen years ago.
A Reading drinking fountain restored in 1990 allows a look back at Reading’s drinking water supply in the 1860s.
Whitley Pump’s travel reporter has been on the road again and reports on two very different islands in northern Mozambique: Ilha de Mozambique, the capital of Mozambique until 1898, and Ibo Island in the Quirimbas archipelago.
This restored pump on Datchet Road opposite Windsor & Eton Riverside railway station was sent in to the Whitley Pump by Bella Sunny.
You could very easily walk past this plaque for the unveiling of the replica of the Whitley Pump without noticing it.
Pump and trough spotting has become an occupational hazard since contributing to the Whitley Pump.
Whitley Pump correspondent and Katesgrove resident Evelyn Williams sends a postcard from Australia that, as postcards do, arrived in Reading after she did.
I had never heard of, or as far as I can remember, seen a Bills Water Trough before I found this one in Broadford, Victoria. The dedication above the trough says ‘Donated by – Annis & George Bills – Australia’, and when I investigated I discovered that there were over 700 of these. Most of the troughs are in Australia, but there is one in Reading.
Whitley Pump correspondent and Katesgrove resident Evelyn Williams reports from New Zealand.
This water trough was erected near Queenstown in New Zealand 11,800 miles (18,900 km) from Reading. It lies on the Frankton – Ladies Mile Highway (SH6), close to Lake Hayes. The trough was designed for horses to use the upper trough and sheep and dogs to use the lower, not unlike Katesgrove’s own Whitley Pump.