POETIC ODE TO A WATERWORKS…AND THE STEAM-POWERED MACHINERY WITHIN…!
The waterworks at Sandfields has preserved the integrity of men and places, it has nurtured advance minds and has sheltered the very ordinary people of the Back Country who drove our industrial revolution.
Much of its distinctive life and tradition has been lost within living memory. The enemies of this fascinating place are those whose carless existence fail to preserve, share and celebrate the contribution to the health and wellbeing clean water gave to our citizens.
If ever the day comes when this beautiful building and its magnificent Cornish beam engine is ruined, then Britain will have destroyed without redemption part of her heritage.
Fortunately there are people who care; Ian Henery, is Walsall’s own Poet Laureate, and outside of his daytime job, a fine historian. Ian has kindly written a poem for about Sandfields, the inspiration for this came from The Blackcountryman vol. 46, Spring 2013 in an…
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