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Crossness Pumping Station is a Grade 1 Listed Industrial building located on the south side of the River Thames between Thamesmead and Erith in North Kent. It served as a sewage pumping station from 1865 until the mid 1950's when it was decommissioned. It was left to decay and in 1985 a programme of restoration was begun, the work being undertaken entirely by volunteers. It is now an industrial museum housing the four largest surviving rotative beam engines in the world, one of which has been restored to full working condition. The interior structure is decorated in highly ornate cast and wrought iron work, part of which has been repainted in original colours. It is administered by the Crossness Engines Trust and is open to the public on designated Trust Open Days throughout the year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Snow_(physician) Theory of contaminated water being the cause of cholera outbreaks in London

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=175276&index=0&mainQuery=crossness%20pumping%20station&searchType=all&form=home 1860's photos of construction, interior and opening ceremony in 1865


North side of Engine House. The additional extension was built over the original ornate front north entrance.


The three arches are the old Boiler House, now an open space and museum.

 
Prince Consort engine, fully restored and under steam on visitor days. Volunteers dressed in Victorian costume, delighted to talk to visitors and show off the results of their labours. Restoration has begun on Victoria engine, and the final two - Albert Edward and Alexandra - await their turn.

 
Prince Consort engine

 

 
Crank arm. Flywheel 52-ton

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Flywheel. Upper level rocking beams, central railings look down over octagon below

 

 
The beautiful flooring is openwork cast iron in grey and vermilion, not hotel carpet!

 
Awaiting restoration

   
View from upper level window southwards over the Boiler House wing

   

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Valve gear in basement, cleaned, repaired, restored. The main hall is fresh air but basement is somewhat damp/musty/rusty. Note: there is no effluent in the pipes!

 
Victoria flywheel painted against rust

 
Hand-cranked model for visitors to play with, showing mechanism of the beam engines, shown in motion at the very end of my YouTube video.

 
Boiler House, now used as a visitor centre, museum and for events/functions. Displays show the history of public sanitation and a collection of small engines and pumps.

 
Model of Boiler House with its twelve boilers as it was when first built. The most useful small pump of all - it fills three teapots.

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