Engine House

Engine House_Great Witley_1960sThis photograph believed to date from the late 1960s shows ‘The Engine House’ which is located between  the Hundred Pool and the extreme westerly end of the front pool of Witley Court.

It is understood that in the heyday of Witley Court the building housed a steam driven beam engine which pumped water from the Hundred Pool to a reservoir higher up in Witley Court Park near the Martley Road. On the instruction of the Dudley family, valves were opened and the fully charged reservoir supplied water pressurized by gravity to the fountains at Witley Court.

At the time of this photograph the Engine House was the home of Mr Graham Francis and his family. Mr Francis being employed as Farm manager by Mr Cotton who farmed approximately 300 acres of land surrounding Witley Court.

Enoch Williams – and family – lived at the Engine house in the 1880s until 1894. He was Engineer to the Earl of Dudley.

Peter Davies in the Engine House sitting room.
Peter Davies in the Engine House sitting room.

In 1999 Peter Davies & his family moved to the Engine House. At the time, it was not habitable, and Peter has recorded how the house was turned into their home, despite being forced to move out twice due the the floods in 2007. The family also upgraded the Engine Keepers Cottage adjacent and this is now available as a holiday home.

Peters recording: Davies_Peter_20141210_1_2_A (16 mins 46 secs)

 

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  1. Sue Oliver (nee Williams) says

    My great grandfather Enoch Williams – and family – lived at the Engine house in the 1880s until 1894. He was Engineer to the Earl of Dudley. Lovely to see this picture.

    • admin says

      Hi Sue, we are glad you found our post. If you have any stories or pictures about the Engine House or the area please do get in touch as we would love to hear more!

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