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Hurling Pump
Oranjezicht, Cape Town, Western Cape

Louis Michel THIBAULT: Architect

Style:Mannered Neo Classical


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33°56'16.48" S 18°24'56.26" E Alt: 80m

Also known as the Old Swing Pump and Prince Street Pump.

Pump was erected for the owner of the farm Zorgvliet, JF Hurling, in the 1790s. This structure was erected in 1812 as part of the improvement to Cape Town's water supply. It was fed by water from the Platteklip Stream. The masked gargoyle is attributed to Anton ANREITH. Judging by the ears that show behind the steel mask of the gargoyle, it is possibly a Water Sprite. The pump was known as a "swinging pump" which slaves worked by swinging the long wooden handle, weighted to one side, to and fro. Above the gargoyle was a slate on which the details of the amount of water consumed were probably recorded.

It was proclaimed a Historical Monument in 1937 and is now a Provincial Heritage Site.

See SAHRIS entry.

Writings about this entry

Fairbridge, Dorothea. 1922. Historic houses of South Africa. London: Oxford University Press. pg 22 ill
Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pg 73
Hatfield, Denis. 1967. Some South African monuments. Cape Town: Purnell. pg 43-45
Laidler, P[ercy] W[ard] . [1933]. Tavern of the ocean, A : Being a social and historical sketch of Cape Town from its earliest days.. Cape Town: Maskew Miller. pg opp 169 ill
Oberholster, JJ. 1972. The historical monuments of South Africa. Cape Town: Rembrandt Van Rijn Foundation for Culture at the request of the National Monuments Council. pg 24