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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1850-

Red Pump

April 1850

Council House Street

 

I am not at all certain that this was a public house or indeed beerhouse at all as the only information I have found to date is from the following passage.

 

Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 02 April 1850.

On Saturday evening about 8 o'clock, a fire was discovered in some premises occupied by Mr. Williams, carpenter, and Mr. D. Street, brazier, situate opposite the red pump in Council House Street, which totally destroyed the same, together with a large store house adjoining.

The greatest fears were entertained for the safety of the surrounding houses, as the fire was raging for about an hour before any water could be got, and only one engine on the spot; at last the artillery, and a portion of the 50th regiment, with the engines, arrived, when they set to in the right earnest, and eventually conquering the flames about 12 o'clock.

An engine was playing on the smouldering ruins nearly the whole of Sunday. No clue as a present obtained as to the origin of the fire.

 

I do have reference to another "Red Pump" in Canterbury, which to date I can see no connection to a public house at all, and think that perhaps these "Red Pumps" were something to do with water, perhaps for the fire brigade, but that being so, how come it was destroyed by fire?

 

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