Posted on 15th December 2015 / 908
Location : England / London / England
Industry Type : Municipal Utilities
Power Type : Steam
Public or Private Site? : Private Land
Condition : Partially Restored

Abbey Mills Pumping Station is Bazalgette’s Cathedral of Sewage!

Abbey Mills is a splendid example of Victorian industrial architecture in the Byzantine style, and originally contained 8 Cornish beam engines, now alas replaced by electric pumps.

Designed by the famous engineer Joseph Bazalgette, Edmund Cooper, and architect Charles Driver, it was built between 1865 and 1868.

The 8 beam engines were made by Rothwell & Co of Bolton. They were arranged in pairs at the end of a cross-shaped building, hence the reference to religion probably!

Sited in London on the river Thames, the pumping station was built at the site of an earlier watermill, owned by the former Stratford Langthorne Abbey.

The pumps raised the sewage in the London sewerage system between the two Low Level Sewers and the Northern Outfall Sewer.

The two chimneys were demolished in 1941.

The ornate building is grade II* listed and no longer in use. However, Thames Water do give guided tours for those wishing to take a sneak peek inside!

 

Abbey Mills Pumping Station, Abbey Lane, Stratford, Newnham, London. E15 2RW

Abbey Mills Pumping Station

Abbey Mills Pumping Station is Bazalgette’s Cathedral of Sewage!

Abbey Mills is a splendid example of Victorian industrial architecture in the Byzantine style, and originally contained 8 Cornish beam engines, now alas replaced by electric pumps.

Designed by the famous engineer Joseph Bazalgette, Edmund Cooper, and architect Charles Driver, it was built between 1865 and 1868.

The 8 beam engines were made by Rothwell & Co of Bolton. They were arranged in pairs at the end of a cross-shaped building, hence the reference to religion probably!

Sited in London on the river Thames, the pumping station was built at the site of an earlier watermill, owned by the former Stratford Langthorne Abbey.

The pumps raised the sewage in the London sewerage system between the two Low Level Sewers and the Northern Outfall Sewer.

The two chimneys were demolished in 1941.

The ornate building is grade II* listed and no longer in use. However, Thames Water do give guided tours for those wishing to take a sneak peek inside!

 

Abbey Mills Pumping Station, Abbey Lane, Stratford, Newnham, London. E15 2RW

Abbey Mills Pumping Station
Location : England / London / England
Industry Type : Municipal Utilities
Power Type : Steam
Public or Private Site? : Private Land
Condition : Partially Restored
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