The Cornhill Water Pump

This pump is passed by tens of thousands of Londoners daily, it’s next to The Royal Exchange and a minute’s walk from The Bank of England.

The pump dates from 1799 and was financed by several City of London institutions, including, the Bank of England, the East India Company, with further financial assistance coming from the neighbouring fire offices and local bankers and traders of the area.

The well itself is considerably older…

“On This Spot A Well Was First Made And A House Of Correction Built Thereon. By Henry Wallis Mayor Of London In The Year 1282.”

This sketch was drawn with an overly strong perspective really, or rather the VP was probably in the wrong place. Didn’t matter though, an ‘urban sketch’ can be as rough as you want.

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