AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF THE CROSSNESS ENGINES TRUST.
All of the funding needed to conserve the buildings and engines of Joseph Bazalgette’s “cathedral on the marsh” comes from visitors to the site, needless to say we have zero visitors & zero funding at present, during this difficult lock down period.
Please would you donate what you can afford,
to enable the volunteers to give this unique,
world famous site the maintenance & care it
Built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette for London's sewage system and opened in 1865, Crossness Pumping Station is a Grade 1 Listed building and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork found in the world today.
"A ballet of rod and pistons"
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Open Day - 20th September 2020
We will be participating in London Open House and will be open on 20 September. Unfortunately we will not be able to run the engine Prince Consort on this date – we are working to have Prince Consort ready for steaming in October 2020 Because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve had to rethink how we organise these events during the next few months. We plan to run two sessions during the day – from 10:00- 12:30 and from 13:30 to 16:00; each session will be restricted to 150 tickets. Tickets must be pre-booked through Eventbrite and the event can be accessed through the calendar on this website. We are sorry but you cannot be admitted to the site if you have not pre-booked. There is no charge for tickets for this event. We are aiming to minimise the use of cash – as far as possible we would like you to use cards.
We suggest that you wear appropriate clothing for exploring a pumping station, including flat shoes.
We will not be running a shuttle bus service, so if you do not want to walk from Abbey Wood station you can book a taxi with Abbey Wood Station Minicabs on arrival, or pre-booked. Call them on 020 8311 1199 or visit their website for more information. You can also arrange for them to pick you up after your visit.
Read about the latest restoration project.
Please read the Protocol for Visitors before booking a visit.
Whilst the Covid -19 pandemic continues to have an impact we are pleased to announce that open days and guided tours will recommence after 31 July 2020. If you have booked a guided tour after that date there is no need to do anything – we will e-mail you before the event. We are currently working on implementing procedures that will safeguard visitors and have, in that context reduced the number of visitors that we can accommodate at any one time.
Booking is essential through Eventbrite. Each date is shown in the calendar below and has a link to the Eventbrite site to make your booking. Because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic each tour is restricted to 20 people. We are sorry but you cannot be admitted to the site if you have not pre-booked. We suggest that you wear appropriate clothing for exploring a pumping station, including flat shoes. Tours last approximately three hours and include a talk in the lecture theatre on the history of the site followed by a guided tour. Find out more
Book a post-lockdown ‘bubble’ tour for up to 10 colleagues, friends or family members and discover the Victorian splendour and ingenuity of the Crossness Pumping Station with one of our knowledgeable tour guides. Find out more
For groups of up to 20 visitors, book a Group Visit and discover the Victorian splendour and ingenuity of the Crossness Pumping Station with one of our knowledgeable tour guides. Group Tours cost £16 per head with a minimum charge of £160. Find out more
PRESERVING AN INDUSTRIAL CATHEDRAL