Crossness Pumping Engine

Crossness Pumping Station

A detailed flyer for this visit can be found at the REMS website: Click the tab 'Events: current' on the left to get to a list of flyers for current events.

Description Throughout the 19 Century London was plagued by cholera epidemics stemming from a rapidly growing population and bad management of the city’s sewage which ended up untreated in the River Thames. The most famous episode was the ‘Great Stink’ of 1858 which affected Parliament.  As a result, a new system of intercepting sewers was commissioned, and the engineer Joseph Bazalgette set to work on a major project to improve the situation. An important part of the system were the great pumping engines used to move the sewage such as the one at Crossness which has been renovated and which we shall visit. Apart from the engineering aspects of the station, there is much exquisitely decorated Victorian cast iron work to see.

Following a talk in the lecture theatre on the history of the site, we shall enjoy a guided tour. The programme will last some three hours. 

Photo: Adam Gray

Where and when to meet. Gather in the Café from 10.30 for an 11.00 start of the programme. The address is CROSSNESS ENGINES, The Old Works, Thames Water STW, Bazalgette Way, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9AQ


Getting there. By car: For visitors using their own transport, set your satnavs to SE2 9AQ which brings you to Bazalgette Way (previously Belvedere Rd).  The Crossness visitor carpark is at the end of Bazalgette Way to the right, just before the Thames Water Main Gate. By public transport. The closest railway station is Abbey Wood from which a bus can be taken to the site.

Lunch. It is planned to take lunch in the Café ca. 14.00 after the tour ends.


10:30                           Gather in the Café for an 11:00 start

11:00                           Start the programme;

14:00                           Lunch

15:00                           Finish and depart.

Size of party. 10 max

Cost. £14 per head. Pay for your own comestibles and travel.

Registration and Payment. E-mail [email protected] to book a place. To pay, post a cheque for £14 per head made payable to Institute of Physics (not IOP) to Tony Colclough (REMS), 34 Sugden Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0AE. On the back please write: REMS, Crossness, 30/07/2019.

Contacts:  before the day: e-mail organiser [email protected] or [email protected] . On the day ring Barry’s mobile 07842 530968  or tony’s mobile 09730 171307. Late arrivals: ring either of the mobile numbers above for advice.


Organised By
Barry Campbell for the Retired Members' Section of the LSE Bran,
30 Jul 2019 10:30 to 15:00
Crossness Engines, The Old Works
Bazelgette Way
Abbey Wood
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