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The ceremonial county of Somerset consists of the non-metropolitan county Somerset County Council,
and two unitary authorities North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset or BANES as it is known, not too affectionately, to its inhabitants.
In general I stick to the ceremonial counties, otherwise I'd have to keep redesigning the site every time the government decides it is in its interest to redraw the boundaries.
Claverton Pump uses the same principal, but on a grand scale.
The massive waterwheel is 7.3m (24ft) wide
and 5.2m (17ft) in diameter,
and the pump can raise 447 cubic metres (98,500 gallons) of water an hour to the Kennet and Avon Canal some 14.6m (48ft) above the river.
It was built by the great architect and engineer, John Rennie, and completed in 1813. The pumping station operated continuously until 1952,
and then lay derelict until restored by volunteers and reopened in 1978.
The building has a T-shaped plan. The oldest part is the solar and screens passage block at the back dating from around 1250.
Projecting from this is the Great Hall completed in 1293, and next to it, but not connected, is the Kitchen added in the 15th century.
Upstairs, the Solar contains an unusual 13th-century wall painting of Jesus on the cross. He is accompanied by two other figures.
This was uncovered in the 1990s when the post-reformation 16th century lime wash was removed.
External Links and References
Treasurer's House, Martock
National Trust Handbook entry detailing opening times, ticket prices, facilities, etc. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/treasurers-house-martock
Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasurer%27s_House
N.B. The information on Yeovil Junction Station that used to be here is now to be found on my Yeovil Railway Centre page.