Lichfield Waterworks Trust
Who we are
The Lichfield Waterworks Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered charity number 1160873. The trusts objective is to save The Grade II* listed redundant Victorian waterworks at Sandfields, Lichfield.
Sandfields Pumping Station is a Grade II* listed Building that is one of the most overlooked yet important pieces of social and industrial heritage that Britain has. Unfortunately, it is also an example of our industrial heritage that is at risk.
Built in the mid nineteenth century to bring clean drinking water to the Black Country following the cholera epidemics that killed thousands of people. The provision of clean water made a significant improvement to the lives of the people who lived and worked in the industrial Black Country and supported the growth of the industrial revolution.
The building still contains a unique 190 horse power Cornish beam engine that is a magnificent monument to our industrial past. Showcasing the achievements of the Victorian water engineers, social change, and the remarkable lives of everyday people.
The waterworks was originally built to serve the community and should continue to do so, telling the story of how clean drinking water has saved the lives of millions of people.
The objects of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust are:
(1) To promote and preserve for the benefit of the public the Grade II* listed nineteenth-century Sandfields Pumping Station complex and associated infrastructure, and to facilitate its safety, conservation, security and accessibility.
(2) To promote and preserve for the benefit of the public the unique 1873 Cornish Beam Engine and other fixtures and fittings situated at Sandfields Pumping Station, Chesterfield Road, Lichfield.
(3) To promote access to Sandfields Pumping Station for the purposes of education, arts, community development, and protection of the historic environment.
(4) To work in partnership, as appropriate, to promote the social and historical context of Sandfields Pumping Station in Staffordshire and the West Midlands, and to build a community of interest around these topics.
(5) To promote, manage, maintain and restore water supply industry infrastructure assets and archives which are of historical significance for the benefit of the public.
(6) To acquire, disseminate, publish and make accessible historical information, archival material, artefacts and experiences relating to Britain's water supply industry for the purposes of education, recreation, tourism and community development.