We haven't had an 'old' and 'new' comparison lately - and I know how much you like those! Here is a photo, dated about 1890, of the Top Pump in the village of Heptonstall, and one of the same scene today. Before piped water was introduced, every town and village in Britain had wells and pumps. Heptonstall had four public pumps and this one remains, reasonably well-preserved. I don't think it still works though.
In times of drought, the pumps were locked and only opened for short time in the morning and evening. The villagers used to line up their empty cans, marked with their initials, until the pump was opened again. Diane, a few days ago, commented that she thought maybe I'd like to have lived in Victorian times - but, though I find history interesting, I'm very glad I don't have to queue up for and carry water or suffer the other harsh privations of those times. Sometimes it's hard to believe how relatively recently daily life was so different - or to remember that, for many people in the world, things are still like that.