Grand Victorian Hall of Crossness Engines Victorian Pumping Stations

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Crossness Pumping Station is a Grade 1 Listed building built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette for London’s sewage system and opened in 1865, featuring a fully functional steam powered beam engine as well as some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork found in the world today.​

London’s sewage system was built in response to the worsening state of the river Thames. The Great Stink of 1858 when the Palace of Westminster became uninhabitable because of the smell of the river finally convinced Parliament toact. The new sewage system was amazingly innovative and much of it is still in use today.

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Opening hours unclassified, please see website for details. (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

* Crossness is only opened on select days, to be found on their website calendar.

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