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Town Pump - Market Square - Conservation Works

18 February 2021

Town Pump - Conservation Works
Ampthill Town Council are pleased to announce that conservation works to the Town Pump will commence on 26th February and are due for completion by end of March 2021.

Brown & Ralph are a building restoration and stonemasonry contractor specialising in working on historic and listed building structures. Christopher Garrand Consultancy are the historic architects appointed by the Town Council to manage the restoration. 

The Town Pump lies within the Ampthill Conservation Area and is a grade II listed building and a designated Scheduled Monument. The Pump serves as a milestone, each of its four faces being identified by the name of the towns to which the four roads of the Market Place lead. Bedford (VII miles; north), Dunstable (XII miles, south), London (XLV miles;east) and Woburn (VII miles, west). The Pump is constructed of Portland limestone and was erected in 1785 by John Fitzpatrick, the 2nd Earl of Upper Ossory (1745-1818). It is said to have been designed by the architect Sir William Chambers (1722-1796) who had in 1768-72 worked on Ampthill Park House and formed part of a programmed of public-spirited improvements initiated and paid for by the Earl.