Tour of Crossness Pumping Station
A marvel of Victorian engineering. ‘Built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette for London’s sewage system and opened in 1865, Crossness Pumping Station is a Grade 1 Listed building – a great pumphouse to cleanse south London. Its magnificent Italianette tower was a local landmark, visible for miles around in the flat marshlands of what was then Kent, and is now the London Borough of Bexley. The tower was demolished in the 1950s, when the pumping station was decommissioned.”
In 1984 the Crossness Engines Trust was set up to restore the engines and Crossness now opens to the public on special days and for private tours such as ours. Our 2.5-3 hour tour will include: “an illustrated talk giving the historical context and build up to the Great Stink of 1858; a look at the sewer system model showing Bazalgette’s engineering solution to London’s public health crisis; a guided tour of the Crossness site and engines (please note that the engines will not be working during our visit); free time to explore the Great Stink exhibition and “wonderful collection of toilets”.
Thameslink trains go to Abbey Wood Station directly from Mill Hill Broadway, from there it’s about a 30-40 minute walk or a short taxi ride with Abbey Cars phone number 020 8311 1199. There is on-site parking if you prefer to drive but I will have to let them know your vehicle registration beforehand. Please let me know how you intend to arrive, ie on foot, taxi, private car, so I can inform their Security.
MHHS Members – £15
Non-Members – £17
Bookings Close: Monday 1 June 2020
Priority booking for Members until: 11 May
Minimum number on tour: 16
Meet: from 10:30 am onwards for our 11 am tour at Crossness Pumping Station, Bazelgette Way, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9AQ. Full directions given when booking.