museums and attractions

Stationary Steam

Etruria Industrial Museum 2020

Etruria Vale Road, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 4RB.
Tel: 01782 626 082.

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Home to Jesse Shirley’s 1857 Bone and Flint Mill, the only remaining operational steam driven potters’ mill in the world. Driven by a 1820s Boulton…

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Ellenroad Engine House 2020

Elizabethan Way, Newhey, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16 4LE.
Tel: 07981 391 603.

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Historic engine house containing two large important textile mill engines steamed from an original Lancashire Boiler. The 3,000hp Ellenroad engine is the…

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Crossness Pumping Station 2020

The Old Works, Thames Water STW , Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood, London, Greater London, SE2 9AQ.
Tel: 020 8311 3711.

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Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s original 1865 (Grade One Listed) sewage pumping station, with four giant rotative beam engines (one in steam) and remarkable…

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Crofton Beam Engines 2020

Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3DW.
Tel: 01672 870 300.

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The oldest working beam engine in the world, an 1812 Boulton & Watt, and an 1846 Harveys of Hayle, pump water to the summit level of the Kennet & Avon…

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Combe Mill 2020

Blenheim Palace Sawmills, Combe, Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire, OX29 8ET.
Tel: 01993 358 694.

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It is the original sawmill and workshop of the Blenheim Palace Estate, and is a Grade II* Listed building. This working industrial museum offers visitors…

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Coleham Pumping Station 2020

Longden Coleham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 7DN.

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Resembles a Victorian Chapel in style, which was built c.1900 to house two 1901 Renshaw of Stoke massive steam-driven beam engines, both now restored to…

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The Steam Museum & Lodge Park Walled Garden 2020

Lodge Park, Straffan, Co. Kildare, IRELAND.
Tel: 00 353 1 628 8412.

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The Power Hall displays six large 19th century stationary engines running in steam on occasions. Demonstrations are included of steam powered electric…

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Claymills Victorian Pumping Station 2020

Meadow Lane, Stretton, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 0DA.
Tel: 01283 509 929.

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Claymills has four Woolf compound beam engines, two working, five Lancashire boilers, steam engines, steam-powered workshops with steam hammer, blacksmith’s…

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Cambridge Museum of Technology 2020

The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5 8LD.
Tel: 01223 500 652.

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Working museum with original 1895 Hathorn-Davey steam pumps and boilers, 1909 94hp National Gas engines. Other exhibits include 1845 horizontal steam engine…

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Brede Steam Giants 2020

Brede Waterworks, Waterworks Lane, Brede, East Sussex, TN31 6HG.
Tel: 01323 897 310.

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Worthington Simpson & Tangye triple expansion pumping engines run on compressed air in original buildings. Also many other heritage steam, electric and…

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London Museum of Water & Steam 2020

Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Greater London, TW8 0EN.
Tel: 020 8568 4757.

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It houses some of the world’s rarest working steam engines still in their original location and tells the incredible story of how the Victorians cleaned…

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Bancroft Mill Engine 2020

Gillians Lane, Barnoldswick, Lancashire, BB18 5QR.
Tel: 07707 670 177.

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The original 1920 mill steam engine was the 13th and last mill built in Barnoldswick, and is preserved in operating condition with working cotton weaving…

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Westonzoyland Pumping Station

Hoopers Lane, Westonzoyland, Nr Bridgwater, Somerset, TA7 0LS.
Tel: 01278 691 595.

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Grade II* Listed building (c1830) houses award winning 1861 Easton Amos steam land drainage machine. 1938 Marshall portable boiler used for raising steam.…

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Leawood Pumphouse

High Peak Junction, Cromford, Derbyshire, DE4 5HW.
Tel: 01629 533 298.

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Unique 1849 Graham & Co. beam engine pumps water from the River Derwent into the Cromford Canal. Steam supplied by two locomotive style boilers built by…

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Forncett Industrial Steam Museum 2020

Low Road, Forncett St Mary, Nr Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 1JJ.
Tel: 01508 488 277.

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Discover an award winning collection of spectacular stationary steam engines, hidden in the depths of the beautiful South Norfolk countryside. It gives…

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Dogdyke Steam Drainage Station 2020

Bridge Farm, off A153, East of Tattershall Bridge, Tattershall, Lincolnshire, LN4 4JG.
Tel: 01522 683 755.

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Steaming 1856 beam engine driving a scoop wheel land drainage pump. Also working 1940 Ruston 7XHR diesel with Gwynnes centrifugal pump.

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Museum of Power

Hatfield Road, Langford, Nr Maldon, Essex, CM9 6QA.
Tel: 01621 843 183.

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Housed in a former water pumping station, the museum contains a fascinating collection which ranges from a working overhead machine shop to a petrol powered…

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ISPS Steam Museum

The Green, Stradbally, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, IRELAND.

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Houses many steam, fire and farm engines in the museum. These incluse a Land-Rover fire engine which was stationed at Stradbally fire station in approximately…

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Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

Harle Syke, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 2HX.
Tel: 01282 412 555.

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The last surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill – relive the days when cotton was king and see the magnificent steam engine 'Peace' driving…

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Waterworks Museum – Hereford

Broomy Hill, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 0LJ.
Tel: 01432 361 147.

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Classified by English Heritage as "a site of clear national importance", the museum is home to the oldest working triple expansion steam engine in the…

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Twyford Waterworks

Hazeley Road, Twyford, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1QA.
Tel: 07516 458 900.

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Discover the story of water extraction, softening and supply over the last 100 years at this Scheduled Ancient Monument located close to Winchester in…

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Tees Cottage Pumping Station

Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL3 8TF.

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Illustrates the history of water supply, featuring a Teesdale compound rotative beam engine and Hornsby gas engine preserved in a waterworks dating from…

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Ryhope Engines Museum

Waterworks Road, Ryhope, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR2 0ND.
Tel: 0191 521 0235.

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Illustrates aspects of water pumping. The two original Hawthorn beam engines of 1868, designed by Thomas Hawksley, have been restored and are steamed at…

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Papplewick Pumping Station

Rigg Lane, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, NG15 9AJ.
Tel: 0115 963 2938.

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Britain’s finest Victorian fresh water pumping station. Two James Watt beam engines with Lancashire boilers. Robey winding engine from Linby Colliery,…

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Winifred Goes To America

The second book in the series is the true story of a little quarry engine that is sold and travels to America.  Follow her amazing adventure across…

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Up Hill and Down Dale

Steam engine road run across the Derbyshire countryside

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Ploughing Engines at Work

First published in 1962 as a small booklet, ‘Ploughing Engines at Work’ has been revised into a larger edition – A4 landscape, 76 pages with soft…

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Bring back memories of a bygone time with two books of outstanding photographs by well-known photographer Barry J Finch taken through the 1950s and 1960s – now available at an outstanding price.

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