June Social: Crossness Pumping Station

When: Sunday 2nd June, meeting at 11am
Where: Crossness Pumping station (map)
How to get there: Access is easiest by car. Alternatively take the train to Abbey Wood station – there should be a shuttle bus service from the station to the site that day but check either their website or our June Newsletter for confirmation. Contact Tony Brewer (07971 028544) if in doubt.

The Crossness Pumping Station, designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette and opened in 1865, was built as the final section of the South London sewage system. Often described as ‘a cathedral of Victorian engineering’ it is a must-see destination for anyone interested in nineteenth-century industrial architecture or the history of London’s public health. Its purpose was to transfer the contents of the sewage system into the Thames Estuary on the ebb tide.

We shall visit on Sunday 2nd June, which is a Visitor Day when one of the original steam engines will be working. There is an entry charge of £8 per adult, and £2 for children aged 5 – 15. The interior can be quite cool so bring something warm & wear stout shoes.