Throwing more light on Broadwell

Taking a good look at our Broadwell postcard, we could clearly see the pump, where villagers could collect clean water in their buckets, by raising and lowering the long handle, so the water emerged through the spout/tap at the front.

However, we did wonder what the square frame was, just above the young man standing by the pump.

A little detective work, looking at another old picture of the site, provided the answer.

The man on the right is holding the pump handle, although the rest of the pump is hidden in this image. The head of the man sitting on the railings in the centre of this snip is immediately below a square lantern, with a pyramid shaped top. So we now know that some lighting was provided for people coming to collect their water during the hours of darkness.

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