The Crossness Pumping Station

A Cathedral on the Marsh

Crossness Pumping Station

The Crossness Pumping Station was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London's urgently needed main sewerage system. It was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in April 1865.

The Beam Engine House is a Grade 1 Listed Industrial Building constructed in the Romanesque style and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork to be found today. It also contains the four original pumping engines (although the cylinders were upgraded in 1901), which are possibly the largest remaining rotative beam engines in the world, with 52 ton flywheels and 47 ton beams. Although modern diesel engines were subsequently introduced, the old beam engines remained in service until work on a new sewerage treatment plant commenced in 1956. Following abandonment in the mid 1950's, the engine house and engines were systematically vandalised and left to decay, which greatly impeded the Trust's restoration/conservation programme.

The Crossness Engines Trust, a registered charity, was set up in 1987 to restore the installation which represents a unique part of Britain's industrial heritage and an outstanding example of Victorian engineering. A large part of the restoration work so far carried out has been done entirely by an unpaid volunteer workforce.

Crossness Engines Trust is taking part in this year’s Thamesmead Arts Festival, an annual community event organised by the Peabody Trust.

At 11am and 1.30pm on Sunday September 18th, Peabody staff will be leading 2 guided walks from Abbey Wood train station to the Crossness Pumping Station for a tour of this magnificent, industrial heritage site. Booking is required – follow the link below.

The walk takes approximately 45 mins and the Crossness café will be open for refreshments. There are toilet facilities on site.

Please note- Crossness is not open to the public on the day. If you would like to join the walk and tour, booking is required through .  

Click on ‘visit organiser website’ to access further information about these and all the events.

Please go to the "News" page for details of how to obtain our new 

limited edition booklet which

celebrates the150th anniversary of the Crossness Pumping Statio

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