Glasgow, 321-325 High Street, Hydraulic Pumping Station

Pumping Station

Site Name Glasgow, 321-325 High Street, Hydraulic Pumping Station

Classification Pumping Station

Canmore ID 171636

Site Number NS66NW 283

NGR NS 6005 6537

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Glasgow, City Of
  • Parish Glasgow (city Of Glasgow)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District City Of Glasgow
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Archaeology Notes

NS66NW 283 6005 6537.

See NS66NW 280 6001 6536 for associated tenement.

First used in 1895, the Hydraulic Power Works consists of Lancashire boilers with enconomisers, pumping engines and accumulators. The water was delivered through 7 inch pipes, the engines having the ability to work independantly of one another. In 1908-1909, this pumping station supplied 202,141 gallons of high-pressure water to the city of Glasgow through 30 miles of pipes.

Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1909.

'...295 High Street, built 1893-5 for the Corporation Water Department, J.M. Gale, engineer. The retaining walls and chimney cost £3500. A large single storey rustic red stone ashlar building, in castellated style. There are three two storey crenellated towers. Originally there were three inverted vertical compound engines, each of 2000 horsepower, but these were replaced before the station closed in 1964...on the roof of the main block there are two large cast-iron storage tanks concealed by a crenellated wall.'

J R Hume, 1974.

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