Painting of John Smeaton

John Smeaton at Temple Newsam


15 September 2022

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Venue Temple Newsam

Tags Adult, Tour,

This tour explores the grounds of Temple Newsam for remaining evidence of Smeaton’s pump and ventures inside the house to view the surviving well, not normally on view to the public!

John Smeaton was the greatest civil engineer of the 18th century and founder of the profession in Britain. He was also a prolific engineering scientist whose work enabled Britain to take the lead in the agricultural and industrial revolutions. He was born at Austhorpe Lodge, Whitkirk in 1724, and is buried in St Mary’s Church. In 1769 he designed a self-activating pump which supplied water from Jacob’s Well to the west of Temple Newsam House. This filled reservoirs under the floors of the Servants Hall and the north wing.

The tour will last around an hour and half. Please wear sensible walking shoes and meet outside the front entrance of Temple Newsam House, by the railings.

Please book ahead via Eventbrite. The tour is free of charge but please purchase a house admission ticket if you would like to further explore afterwards.

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