The new waterworks was built in Regis Road, Tettenhall. Up to 800,000
gallons a day were pumped from boreholes and stored in reservoirs.
Houses connected to the mains supply received water from 7.00 a.m. to
5.00 p.m. on weekdays and all weekend. Everyone else had to use
standpipes or the town’s water carts.
Wicksteed soon left Wolverhampton and was replaced by his apprentice,
Henry John Marten. Henry was appointed in 1846 and was just 19 years old
at the time. He was also allowed to continue with his private practice.
Luckily for Wolverhampton he was an advocate of a constant water supply
and so the intermittent supply was soon a thing of the past. Henry
quickly started work on the design of the Goldthorn Hill reservoir,
which was one of the earliest covered reservoirs in the country. It was
built in 1849.