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Hopwas

Hopwas Pumping Station from a 1905 Postcard
Hopwas Pumping Station

A small village nestling alongside Hopwas Woods there is a Post Office here as well as two pubs. A pleasant few hours can be spent walking in the woods here, but do make sure the Red Flag is not flying by the gates at the main entrance off the canal if it is this means that there are army exercises going on in the woods and you should keep out.The woods are very popular with walkers and horse riders from the local area.
There is an abundance of wildlife in the woods with many species of birds and butterflies to be seen. The woods look particularly beautiful in early spring when they are carpeted in bluebells.
In recent years there has been an annual race ran in the woods called The man versus horse versus bike race, this is very popular and attracts entrants from a wide area.Hopwas is also the venue for an annual canoe rally held in the summer to raise money for local charities.

Pump House Picture

When the Pump House shown on the card above and on the right was originally built it yielded a one million gallons of water a day from a bore hole nearly 200 feet deep. Before this was built in the late 1800's Tamworthians had no mains water supply and had to rely on other means for their water such as private wells or the rivers or water butts which collected water from their roofs, or if you could afford it spring water was available to buy from street vendors.The supply of mains water would have certainly made a vast difference to the lives of the people of the town.

 

 

 

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