The re-launch marks the end of a long period of decline for the pump and residents and visitors will now be able to watch the pump in action once more.
Cardiff Council and Cadw have jointly funded the restoration of this nationally protected scheduled ancient monument, which has the support of local community group ‘Friends of Melingriffith Water Pump.’
The 200 year old pump stands as a reminder of the former Glamorganshire Canal and Melingriffith Tin Plate Works, one of the earliest and most important works of its kind. For 135 years this pump ensured there was a continuous water supply for the canal. When this part of the canal closed in the 1940’s the pump became redundant and has remained idle ever since.
Executive Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, Cllr Nigel Howells said, “I’m delighted that this historic monument has been restored and is now back in action. This has been an excellent example of partnership working with Cadw and the Friends of Melingriffith Pump. It can now stand proud as a wonderful link to our industrial heritage for generations to learn about and enjoy.”
Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Margaret Jones said, “I’m very pleased that this important Cardiff landmark has been restored to its former glory. It has been a great effort by Cardiff Council, Cadw and the Friends of Melingriffith Water Pump and a testament to partnership working. I’m sure residents and visitors alike will enjoy this historic monument for years to come.”