The Crossness Pumping Station

A Cathedral on the Marsh

Crossness Pumping Station


Free Family Activity for Open Day visitors on April 30th 2017

Join us for this craft workshop and we will show you how to create one of the scariest masks from history. Find out who wore them and why. Then take your mask home to scare your friends and family!

There is no need to book and the activity is free for visitors attending the Open Day.

The activity is suitable for children aged 4 years + and children must be supervised by an adult at all times.


For visitors using their own transport full parking facilities are available at the site.

For all other visitors, a coach operated by Ebdons Tours is running a shuttle service from Abbey Wood to and from the site at approximately half hourly intervals starting at 10.30am.

Pick up point outside the Abbey Arms public house in Wilton Road next to Abbey Wood Railway Station

Total cost for adults including admission to the site and the return journey is £10. Cost for children £2.

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


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