"surrounded by a high stone wall following the line of the posts and chain there at present but protruding in an arc for several yards at the south end. There was a gap of about four yards with an iron pump with a turning knob....The washing was laid out to bleach in the curved end and we did not play on the green if the washing was there. At other times it was a playground. The grass patch beyond was near oblong. It was crossed by paths - one leading round by the curved wall to Emsdorf Place Houses, another at the east edge in front of their doors and another from Woodlands Road cutting through to meet the one passing alongside the Pump Green wall and leading up to the HIllhead."
"Both greens were scythed periodically, by Jimmie Brown from Hatton Law, and the grass carted away for his horse."
I love this little glimpse into a lost way of life. As yet, I haven't come across any photograph of Pump Green in the days of its active use - but the small image shown here of another Scottish green might evoke a sense of the days of the bleaching green.