This is not exactly my best photo ever, but the chap that I woke in the middle of the day with my knock on his door was a shift-worker (speaking to me naked from his cottage bedroom window) & I really did not want to disturb him any further, so fled without a better one (the pump handle is on the unseen side; the pump stands at the centre-boundary of two semi-detached cottages):–
Before the industrial era every British town street (and many individual houses) had their own hand-operated pump for obtaining fresh water. One of my favourite stories concerns the 1854 Broad Street Pump, in which Dr. John Snow used for the first time epidemiological mapping of cholera outbreaks to conclusively prove that the Water Pump on Broad Street (at what today is the intersection of Broadwick Street & Lexington Street) in Soho, London was solely responsible for local outbreaks; at the same time, his research proved that water was the medium of infection rather than miasma.
One incidental extra to the Broad Street Pump story is that the 19th Century cholera infections which are so often spoken of as London outbreaks were in fact nation-wide — the St Mary's Churchyard where Bendigo was buried was originally established due to the 1832 outbreak. Cholera at that time produced such a flood of dead bodies that a new churchyard was required to cope with them.