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The Vyne’s Ram Pump

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The Vyne’s Ram Pump

The Vyne’s Ram Pump

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  • 1. TheVyne’sWaterPumps1.Water flows via gravitiy from the lakeinto a delivery tank, down the drivepipe➀ and escapes via the pulse valve➁.2.When the flow of water has built upenough pressure, it closes the pulsevalve➁.3.With the pulse valve closed, the waterpressure builds further and opens thedelivery valve➂allowing water into theair chamber➃ which is then forced upthe delivery pipe➄.4.When the pressure of the air and waterequalise, the delivery valve➂ closes andallows the pulse valve➁ to re-open. Thisthen starts a repeat cycle which can varybetween forty and ninety times a minutedepending on the valve pressure settings.Theovershotwaterwheel,installedin1864,drivesathree-throwplungerpumpthroughapairofspurgears.Thewaterwaspumpedtotanksatthemainhouseand the Brewhouse fromwhere a gravityfed supplywas available.Excerpts fromWilliamWiggett Chute’s memoirs - 1872‘There was no high service of water from the Lake, which only supplied the lower story. I added new water works and pipes to theovershotwheelfromthelake,raisingthewatertoacisternovertheLarder,whichthenceconveyedittoallpartsofthefirstandsecondfloors of the House, and to theStables and Offices.’ The overshot waterwheel driven three-throw pump The ram pumpThe BrewhouseThe BrewhouseThe main houseThe main houseIf you would like more informationregardingtherampump,pleaseaskforaleafletattheVisitorReception.To SherborneCowdray house& the farmreservoirTo SherborneCowdray house& the farmreservoirThe ram pump was installed for Charles Chute on October 4th 1919. Thewaterfrom the pump supplied the main house, farm reservoirandSherborneCowdray house. The pump was capable of supplying 65 litres of water perminute (approximately1 bath tub) to amaximum height of 27 meters.Pleaseseethediagrambelowforanexplanationofhowtherampumpworks.