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


                                                                                 

Thank you for your interest in the Crossness Engines Pumping Station.  If you would like to make a donation to the Trust please follow the link.    

                                                                                                         

                                                                               


                   CROSSNESS PARTICIPATING IN TOTALLY THAMES EVENT

Crossness will again be involved  in the Totally Thames event which takes place in September this year.

On 6 and 13 September, working in partnership with Trust Thamesmead, we are offering an opportunity to view the Crossness buildings and engines after a guided walk from Lesnes Abbey.
On 27 September the Trust will also host the Second Steampunk Convivial and is currently working on a programme of events.  Last year the event was both successful and enjoyable - we're aiming to repeat that again this year.
To see some images of last year's event, or if you're uncertain as to what steampunk is, then go to:


All events must be pre-booked, Tickets are available from the Totally Thames website (http://www.totallythames.org/).  Once there search on the date.

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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 Station 




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