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July 2024

Thursday 18/07

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CovSoc Visit to Maxstoke Castle tbc

August 2024

Friday 02/08

09:00 – 11:00
Visit to Finham Sewage Works
Finham Sewage Works

Thursday 08/08

14:00 – 16:00
CovSoc Visit to Sherbourne Valley Project

Monday 19/08

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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September 2024

Sunday 15/09

All Day
HOD at Draper's Hall

Wednesday 18/09

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting

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Coventry Society Committee Meeting

October 2024

Wednesday 09/10

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 14/10

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting

Saturday 19/10

All Day
Heritage Conference

November 2024

Wednesday 06/11Friday 08/11

Feister gathering

Wednesday 13/11

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 18/11

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Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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December 2024

Wednesday 11/12

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CovSoc Meeting
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January 2025

Wednesday 08/01

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CovSoc Meeting
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Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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February 2025

Wednesday 12/02

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CovSoc Meeting
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March 2025

Wednesday 12/03

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CovSoc Meeting
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April 2025

Wednesday 09/04

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc AGM

Monday 14/04

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May 2025

Wednesday 14/05

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 19/05

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Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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June 2025

Wednesday 11/06

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 16/06

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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July 2025

Wednesday 09/07

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Whitley Pumping Station and Lodge

The main pumping station building that we see today was designed by the famous public waterworks architect Thomas Hawksley and built in 1893. It is an almost identical copy of the Dalton Pumping Station in Sunderland 1873-79.
The building is characteristic of the gothic revival design, Hawksley being a big fan of John Ruskin.

The pumping station was built to house two beam engines and pump water from the river Sowe to a reservoir in order to supply the city of Coventry with clean water. The pumping station was commissioned by the City of Coventry
Corporation in 1893, and the coat-of-arms of the city can be seen above the main entrance. The site also consisted of a lodge house, built at the same time, also in the redbrick and stone style of the gothic revival.

The site currently lies abandoned, with some of the original buildings demolished. The lodge suffered extensive fire damage a few years ago however it and the main pumping station are Grade II listed.

There are plans to redevelop the main pumping station into the centrepiece of an apartment complex. The plans were submitted in 2007, however little progress has been made.

Most of the photos below are courtesy of the Whitley Local History Group

Website Comments:

Andrew Parsons: I am researching the personnel of the pumping station at Claymills, Burton Upon Trent and note that one of the fitters at Claymills during the 1890’s, Samuel Toon, became the engineer in charge
at Whitley by 1911.

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