Mains Water Taps Freely Accessible 24/7

List compiled by Mike Salter, last updated 16th Feb 2024
338 outdoor taps found and tested by Mike Salter since 2020.
Mostly in England, but a few in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
The letters and numbers are Ordnance Survey grid references.

Remotely sited churches are unlikely to be mains connected.
Country churchyards are almost always accessible 24/7.
Town churchyards may be locked at night & rarely have taps.
Cemetery taps are only included if usually accessible 24/7.
With rarely used taps its best to run off some water first.
Often there’s a dog-bowl or watering can lying nearby.

Please do tell me if you have found this page useful.

BEDFORDSHIRE   4
Clifton TL 166394  North of  lychgate to SE of church.
Elstow TL 049474  By churchyard wall, SW of tower.
Henlow  TL 178388 SW corner of churchyard.
Stotfold  TL 220366  In box on west side of church porch.

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE     12
Calverton  SP 992390  South side of church tower.
Chicheley  SP 905459  Beside churchyard gateway
Gawcott  SP 681319  East side of building to SW of church.
Hanslope  SP 804468  Near west end of church.
Haversham  SP 829429   North side of church.
Lathbury  SP 875450  Beside churchyard gateway.
Leckhampstead  SP 727380  West end of north aisle of church.
Maid’s Morton SP 707351  In churchyard to NW of tower.
Old Wolverton  SP 804414  South side of church tower.
Padbury  SP 722310  North side of church behind new kitch.
Sherrington  SP 891468  Vestry wall, north side of church.
Woughton (Milton Keynes)  SP 877376  SE corner of church.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE   3
Kennett  TL 699684  In box beside churchyard entrance.
Kirtling  TL 686576  By SW corner of church tower.
St Ives  TL 311714  On quay between museum and churchyard.

CHESHIRE   3
Aldford  SJ 419595  In wooden box to east of church
Farndon  SJ 414544  South-west corner of church.
Tilston  SJ 457506  By vestry doorway, north side of church.

CORNWALL      18   (all on/near the South-West Coast Path)
Coverack  SW 781185  By entrance to Bay Hotel driveway
Gunwalloe  SW 654224  On post between pub and coast path.
Gyllyngvase  SW 809318  On outside wall of public toilets.
Kynance Cove  SW 685134  On N.T. building by upper car park.
Lamorna Cove  SW 450240  On wall just south of cafe.
Looe  SX 253533  On quayside, 50 metres north of church.
Maenporth  SW 789297  On outside wall of public toilets.
Manaccan  SW 764250   By eastern entrance to churchyard.
Marazion   SW 528306  To west of cemetery gateway.
Mevagissy  SX 014457  Beside cemetery south entrance.
Perranuthnoe  SW 537295  West side of south porch of church.
Porthallow  SW 798231  On outside wall of public toilets.
Porthcurno  SW 387221  Beside theatre car-park gateway.
Porthoustock  SW 805218  Inside toilets open 24/7.
Port Quin SW 971805  Wall on west side of beach access.
Portscatho  SW 878352  25 metres west of breakwater.
St Anthony-in-Meneage  SW 783257  Beside churchyard gateway.
Swanpool Beach  SW 802311  On outside wall of public toilets.

CUMBRIA  2
Temple Sowerby NY 611271 South side of church tower.
Warwick Bridge  NZ 308159  SE corner of St Paul’s Church.

DERBYSHIRE   4
Hazelwood SK 328460 West side of church porch.
Hognaston SK 236506 West side of church porch.
Kirk Breton SK 269502 North-west corner of church tower.
Tissington SK 177521 South end of toilets by cycle trail.

DEVON    7   (all except Maldon on/near SW Coast Path)
Broadsands (Torbay) SW 898573  On shower post near toilets
Dartmouth SX 879504  Rockfish (blu-fronted shop) near Co-op
Maldon  SX 866636  Beside south gateway to churchyard.
Paignton  SX 886609  On lamp-post opposite church west door.
Stoke Fleming  SX 862484  North-east corner of church.
Streete  SX 840470  North-east corner of church.
Torquay  SX 910635  On post with shower for beach-users

DORSET    7      (all on/near SW Coast Path)
Abbotsbury  SX 578182    Churchyard wall, north of church.
Durlston  SZ 035772 North side of kiosk on south side of castle.
Gaulter Gap  SY 910788  Outside west wall of toilets
Studland SZ 036825 SE corner of church hall, SW of church.
Studland Bay SZ 034835  Outside west end of toilets.
West Lulworth SY 823808  On north side of church.
Weymouth  By roadside at intervals facing Weymouth Bay.

DURHAM  &  CLEVELAND   2
Eaglescliffe  NZ 421132  North-east corner of church.
Houghton le Skerne NZ 308159  North side of church.

ESSEX    18
Belchamp Walter TL 827407 Beside churchyard gate.
Broomfield TQ 705105 By vestry door at east end of church.
Dedham TM 057331 Under west tower of church.
Dengie TL 989017 Beside churchyard gate.
Fordham TL 928281  West end of church.
Great Hallingbury TQ 503174 By SW corner of porch of church.
Great Yeldham TL758387  By SE corner of church.
Hatfield Broad Oak TQ 546166 By SW corner of porch of church.
Hatfield Peverel TQ 798110 Churchyard wall 70m east of church.
Little Hallingbury TQ 503174 Beside church.
Little Totham TL 884103 West end of church.
Rivenhall TL 828178 Beside churchyard gate.
St Lawrence TL 966043 South side of church.
Stansted Mountfichet  TL 521241  Wall corner to south of church.
Steeple TL 934030 NE corner of church.
Tillingham TL 993038 West part of churchyard.
Wakes Colne  TL 889286  Beside churchyard gate.
Wormingford TL 932323 West side of church porch.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE   20
Alderley ST 769909 West wall of churchyard, near gateway.
Bromesberrow SO 743337 Near NW corner of church.
Bishop’s Cleeve SO 961278 North & south sides of church.
Chipping Campden SP 145395 NE corner of church.
Dorn SP 203340 Recess in boundary wall of garden by road.
Dowdeswell SP 001199 SE corner of churchyard, near gate.
Eastington SO 782058 North side of church.

Ebrington  SP 184400  By corner of churchyard, north of church.
Landsdown ST 719695 Woodland corner by Cotswold Way.
Maisemore SO 813217 In box at west end of tower of church.
North Nibley ST 742967 Road side of house, labelled free use.
Painswick SO 869109 Corner of house by cemetery gate.
Redmarley D’Abitot SO 752313 South side of tower of church.
Selsley SO 829038 Wall by road east of churchyard gate
Stanton SP 069343 Beside churchyard gate from main street.
Stoke Orchard SO 916282 By gate, NW corner of churchyard.
Tormarton ST 769789 North side of church, near east end.
Tredingon SO 905296 In hedge by churchyard gateway.
Twyning SO 894360 West of north porch of church
Wotton-under-Edge ST 760934 East side of church porch.

HAMPSHIRE   9
Buriton  SU 740200   North-west corner of church.
Catherington  SU 695145  Cemetary SW gate, south of church
East Meon  SU 680223  North-west corner of church.
Easton  SU 509322   North side of church tower.
Mottisfont  SU 326267  Beside south porch of church.
Sherborne St John SU624556 By vestry at NE corner of church.
West Ham (Basingstoke) SU 627519  Toilets by cemetery gate.
Winchfield  SU 758536  West of church.
Worting  SU 601518  North-east of church.

HEREFORDSHIRE   13
Ashperton  SO 642415   West side of church porch.
Bredwardine SO 335445 North side of church, east of tower.
Coddington SO 718427 South side of church, west of porch.
Eastnor SO 731372 On post near church NE corner.
Elton SO 45710 On fence near NE corner of church.
Holmer SO 505425 SE corner of south porch of church.
Madley SO 420388 North side of church, east of porch.
Marden  SO 511471  West end of church.
Mathon SO 734458 North of lychgate, near church east end.
Peterchurch SO 345385 South side of church, by tower.
Stretton Sugwas SO 459420 North side of church.
Upper Sapey SO 684637 On gatepost of churchyard gateway.
Withington  SO 566436   North side of church, near tower.

HERTFORDSHIRE     5
Aspenden  TL 354285  North side of church tower.
Cottered  TL 318292  In box by churchyard south-east gateway.
Furneux Pelham  TL 432280  West side of church porch.
Great Hormead  TL 399296  On post near church north doorway.
Norton  TL 231345  Beside churchyard gateway.

KENT   33
Addington TQ 654589 Beside churchyard gate.
Ash TR 287584 West side of church north porch.
Aylesford TQ 730590 North side of church.
Bapchild TQ 927630 Near NE entrance of churchyard.
Barham TR 210500 By SW corner of church.
Bishopsbourne TR 188527 Churchyard wall, near lychgate.
Boughton TR 047586 South side of church.
Chevening TQ 489577 North side of church.
Ditton TQ 710580 Beside churchyard gate.
Elmstone TR 261602 By SW corner of church.
Hastlingleigh TR 102445 By west porch of church.
High Walden TQ 902372  West side of church tower.
Knockholt  TQ 465589  South side of chancel of church..
Leybourne  TQ 689589  Near churchyard entrance.
New Romney  TR  066247  South-east corner of church.
Petham  TR 130512  South side of church.
Platt  TQ 622570  Behind buttress, south side of church.
Pluckley  TQ 906454  West side of church tower.
Ryarsh  TQ 672590  Beside churchyard gate.
Saltwood  TR 158360  North side of church, near NW corner.
Seal  TQ  550570  North-east corner of church.
Seal Chart  TQ  573553  Beside churchyard gate.
Smeeth  TR 073396  By west gate of churchyard, opposite tower.
Selling  TR 039569  North-east corner of church.
Stanford  TR 131381  On boundary wall, north side of church.
Tunstall  TQ 896619  In corner of porch, south side of church.
Upper Hardres TR 153508 By SW corner of church.
Westberg TR 192610 Beside churchyard entrance.
West Malling TQ 679575 South side of church.
Womenswold TR 227507 By south porch of church.
Woodchurch  TQ 942349  North wall of church tower.

LEICESTERSHIRE   4    (see also separate entry for Rutland)
Foxton SP 699898 North side of church, beside porch.
Loughborough SK 538200 North side of chancel of church.
Lubenham SK 705871 East wall of church.
Smeeton Westerby SK 677927 West wall of church.

LINCOLNSHIRE   9
Corby Glen  TF 002250  By churchyard gate.
Ingoldby  TF 011300   Beside church porch
Lenton  TF 026304  Be churchyard lychgate.
Martin TF 121600  In box on south side of church.
North Kyme  TF 153527  By fence south of churchyard entrance.
Quarrington  TF 054445  By churchyard lychgate.
Silk Willoughby  TF 058410  Beside churchyard entrance.
Tattershall  TF 212576  At west end of church, south of tower.
Woodhall Spa  TF 198533  SW corner of St Peter’s (Anglican).

NORFOLK     6
Clenchworth TF 689192 To south of south porch of church.
Loddon TM 364988  By north-west corner of church.
Thurlton  TM 417983  By western gateway of churchyard.
Tilney All Saints TF 568180 Gate opposite church west doorway.
West Dereham  TF 667021  North-east corner of church vestry.
Wilton TL 705880  By churchyard entrance NW of church.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE     5
Brackley  SP 592373  Beside south-east corner of church
Church Brampton SP 719658  North side of church.
Long Buckby SP 627678  By east entrance of churchyard.
Pitsford  SP 755682  South side of church tower.
Quinton SP 203340 Recess in boundary wall of garden by road.

NORTHUMBERLAND    5
Berwick-upon-Tweed  NT 994541   Left of cemetery entrance
Doddington  NT 996323   North-west corner of church.
Eglingham  NU 106195   North-east corner of church
Norham  NT 897474  North-west corner of church.
Warkworth  NU 247062    West end of south aisle of church.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE   4
Church Warsop SK 967692  Building by cemetery gateway
Cuckney  SK 566714  North side of church.
Normanton-on-Soar SK 519209  Beside churchyard entrance
Sutton Bonnington SK 508250 Vestry doorway, north side church.

OXFORDSHIRE    12
Abingdon SU 499970 Recess in building to south of church.
Balscote   SP  390418     In box by SW corner of church.
Church Hanborough SP 423133 South of cemetery gateway.
Combe SP 414159 Beside churchyard gateway.
Eynsham SP 433092  South side of church, near SW corner.
Henley-on-Thames SU 765822 In park beside Thames Path.
Pinmere  SP 637331   Beside churchyard gate.
Rotherfield Greys SU 727823  On south-east corner of church.
South Newington  SP 407333  Churchyard entrance S of church.
Stonesfield SP 394171 NW corner of church.
Stratton Audley SP 608259  North-west corner of church.
Wredington  SP 259432   West side of vestry, north side of church.

RUTLAND    5
Barrowden  SP 945999  East end of north aisle of church.
Lyddington  SP 876970  Churchyard entrance SW of church.
North Luffenham  SK 934033  On wall opposite church porch.
South Luffenham  SK 941019  On north side of church tower.
Stretton  SK 949158  By north doorway of church.

SHROPSHIRE   8
Bishop’s Castle SO 324884  East wall of church south transept.
Chelmarsh  SO 721879  On wall near churchyard lychgate.
Condover  SJ 494058 West side of west tower of church.
Edstaston  SJ 518320  In metal box by churchyard gateway.
Knowbury SO 571753 West wall of NE vestry of church.
Morville SO 670939 By field-gate to SW of church.
Oldbury (Bridgnorth) SO 711920 Beside churchyard gate.
Whitton SO 576728 In box west of church western end.

SOMERSET   14
Chiselborough ST 457149  West side of churchyard entrance.
Compton Bishop ST 396554 West end of church tower.
Compton Martin ST 542568  Beside lane, 160m WSW church.
Haselbury Plucknett  ST 471 111  By churchyard SE gateway.
Kilmersdon ST 696524  North-west corner of church.
Lullington ST 784520 West of church porch.
Montacute  ST 496169  West side of church tower.
Norton-sub-Hamdon  ST 470160  North side of church tower.
Stoke-sub-Hamdon  ST 484173  Beside churchyard entrance.
Tintinhull  ST 499196  West end of church.
Ubley ST 529587  West end of churchyard.
Winscombe ST 412566 West of north porch of church.
Wrington ST 468628  By north gate of churchyard.
Yatton ST 431655 South side of church, near east end.

STAFFORDSHIRE      1
Penkridge  SJ 922142  At NW corner of church.

SUFFOLK    21
Ashbocking TM 170545  By churchyard gate.
Barham TM 137510  By seat to west of church.
Beyton   TL 934628   Beside churchyard gate.
Bredfield TM 269530  North side of room north of church.
Cockfield TL 90450  North-east corner of church.
Eriswell  TL 724780  By gate south of side side of church.
Great Bradley  TL 675532  On post by gateway north of church.
Great Bricett TM 039507  Corner by churchyard gate.
Great Finborough TM 013579  By churchyard SE gateway.
Grundisburgh TM 223511  West of church tower.
Hasketon TM 251511  Near porch, and also by gateway
Henley TM 159514  North side of churchyard.
Hessett  TL 936619   Beside churchyard gate.
Kentford  TL 707668  In hedge near church tower.
Kersey TM 003440  Beside churchyard gate.
Nettlestead TM 089495  Beside churchyard gate
Pettistree TM 299550  Churchyard gate near church tower.
Rougham  TL  912626  By lychgate to NE of church.
Suckley SO 721517 On wall at east side of churchyard.
Stowmarket  TM 043587   In park, 30 metres west of gateway.
Tostock  TL 960637  In box at NW corner of church.
Wickham Market TM 303559  Box on north side of church.

SURREY   1
Purford TQ 039583 West end of church.

SUSSEX   2
Houghton TQ 020116 Beside churchyard gate.
Upper Beeding TQ 197093 By path between R. Adur and A283.

WALES  6
Beaumaris  SH 599756   South of cemetery gateway, SW of town.
Betws-y-Coed  SH 796566  Beside west gate of churchyard.
Crickhowell SO 216184 Near gate in south part of churchyard.
Kerry  SO 147901  Near cemetery gate beyond church carpark.
Llandegfan  SH 564744 On buttress of church tower.
Maentwrog  SH 664346 By side of path from lychgate to church.

WARWICKSHIRE   13
Cherrington  SP 292366  By chancel door & tower NW corner.
Great Wolford SP 250345  Church SE corner, by vestry doorway.
Long Compton  SP 287330  On post in path near lychgate.
Lower Brailes  SP 315393  Metal box near churchyard lychgate.
Meriden SP 252816 By churchyard gate & on church NW corner.
Middle Tysoe  SP 341444   On post near NE corner of church.
Northfield SP 026794 West side of rooms, north side of church.
Offchurch SP 359657 NE corner of churchyard, by gate.
Oxhill   SP 317455   By SW buttress of church tower.
Shipston-on-Stour  SP 266395   South of archway at cemetery.
Stoneleigh SP 331726 South-east corner of church.
Tredington  SP 259432   West side of vestry, north side of church.
Wootton Wawen SP 154633 By porch of church.

WILTSHIRE   6
Combe Bissett  SU 108263  By lychgate to east of church.
Etchilhampton SU 045603  By porch, south side of church.
Great Durnford  SU 136383  In hedge by approach to church.
Marden  SU 085579  Beside churchyard entrance.
Netheravon  SU 148484  In box near churchyard gateway.
Nunton  SU 159260  Under loose box, west side of church tower.
Eastham SO 657688 NW corner of church.

WORCESTERSHIRE   25
Badsey SP 071431 North side of chancel of church.
Bretforton SP 093439 West side of north porch of church.
Broadway SP 095374 South side of St Michael’s church.
Clifton-upon-Teme SO 715615 North side of tower of church.
Cropthorne SP 000451 West side of south porch of church.
Dodderhill (Droitwich) SO 902637 North side of church
Eastham SO 657688 NW corner of church.
Grimley SO 836607 West side of churchyard south gateway.
Hampton SP 030431 Separate cemetery east of churchyard.
Hanley Castle SO 839424 West side of north porch of church.
Hanley Swan SO 810428 Under box to east of churchyard gate.
Hanley Swan SO 812437 Wall of house, north side of R.C. church.
Heightington SO 751704 By Worcestershire Way, opposite farm.
Knighton-upon-Teme SO 634699 By lychgate of churchyard.
Leigh SO 784534 Beside churchyard gateway.
Little Malvern SO 777404 On wall close to church entrance.
Martin Hussingtree SO 877597 South side of church.
Martley SO 756599 On south-east corner of church.
Ribbesford SO 787740 Beside churchyard main entrance.
Ripple SO 878377 By west wall of north transept of church.
Stoulton SO 906498 In box by east end of church.
Suckley SO 721517 On wall at east side of churchyard.
Tenbury Wells SO 595684 By NW corner of church tower
Welland SO 797400 South side of church, east of porch-tower.
West Malvern SO 764461 West wall of vestry, south side church.

YORKSHIRE: EAST    3
Kirkburn  SE 980551  In box beside churchyard lychgate.
Sancton  SE 900395  On building, south side of churchyard.
Sherburn  SE 960775  Beside lychgate to SE of church.

YORKSHIRE: NORTH    10
Alne SE 495653  Beside churchyard entrance.
Grosmont  SE 828054  Platform 2 of steam railway station.
Husthwaite  SE 519751  West side of church porch.
Seamer  TA 015834  North side of church,
Settle  SD 819639  North (far) end of parish church.
Sowerby  SE 431814   South side of church tower.
Thirsk  SE 424824  Beside cemetery entrance.
Thormanby  SE 496750  By hedge near churchyard entrance.
Wighill  SE 773466   North-east corner of church.
Yarm  NZ  416130   West end of church.

YORKSHIRE:  SOUTH    9
Austerfield  SK 662946  SE corner of church.
Birkin  SE 531266  Beside churchyard entrance.
Braithwell  SK 530947  By south wall of tower of church.
Burghwallis  SE 537120  Beside churchyard entrance.
Loughton-en-leMorthen  SK 516882  SW corner of church.
South Anston  SK 520837  South-east corner of church.
Throapham  SK 523876  Beside churchyard gateway.
Wadworth  SK 568970  By west wall of south aisle of church.
Womersley  SE 520190  East of north transept of church, by bins.

YORKSHIRE: WEST   3
Adel SE 275403 North side of church.
Collingham SE 390461 NE corner of church, under box.
Walton SE 441479 SW corner of church.

SCOTLAND    1
Ladykirk  NT 889477

IRELAND   6    Taps located by or near cemetery gateways:

KERRY  Kilfeighny  921264, Lislaughtin 004460, Rusheen 997153
LIMERICK   Ardagh 282386,   Kilfergus  139469
ROSCOMMON    Kilteevan 932653