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The Crossness Engines Trust The Crossness Pumping Station was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London's urgently needed main sewerage system.
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Another one filmed, in part, at Crossness.
18/11/2019

Another one filmed, in part, at Crossness.

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#THECURRENTWAR Available to OWN 18th November.

Interesting article taken from the Illustrated London News.
30/10/2019

Interesting article taken from the Illustrated London News.

"Not many local people are aware that the Erith / Belvedere area was once subject to one of the largest non – nuclear explosions in history.
Back in 1864 there were two commercial gunpowder factories – that of John Hall and Son and the Elterwater and Lowood Gunpowder company situated on the marsh land that at that time existed parallel to the River Thames between Slade Green in the East and Plumstead in the West. Both factories were physically isolated from residential areas, and many precautions were taken to prevent any kind of fire; workers had to wear felt slippers, and all equipment was made of wood, or lined with copper to prevent sparks; understandably smoking was strictly prohibited.
At about 6.40 am on Saturday the first of October 1864 all these precautions proved worthless, when there was a massive explosion which totally destroyed both gunpowder factories, their store magazines and a couple of barges that were being loaded with barrels of gunpowder at the time. No contemporary account exists of exactly what caused the accident, as the eyewitnesses were instantly vapourised. The explosion was heard as far away as Cambridge, and the shock wave was so intense that people in central London were convinced that there had been an earthquake. One report at the time said that as rescuers hurried to the site they found a massive crater and absolutely no signs of any buildings were left “it was if the place had been swept clean by a broom”. Surprisingly there were only around twenty casualties, as though the explosion was huge, the remote location prevented greater loss of life. Witnesses said that a huge pall of black smoke, shaped like a mushroom hung in the air for an hour afterwards. Five of the victims were classed as “missing” as nothing remained of them to bury. The injured were taken to Guy’s Hospital at London Bridge, where some then succumbed to their injuries. The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times (the story made world headlines) also curiously reported that a man escaped serious injury, but did have “his right whisker blown off, and he has not been seen since”. The unknown reporter then comments “The damage done to property extends to a radius of over twenty miles; the effect upon domestic animals is said to have been very remarkable. Thousands of pets succumbed with fright – the mortality to Canaries being particularly great”. The army was called from the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich to assist with emergency repairs to the river wall, which had been destroyed to a length of three hundred yards from the epicentre of the blast. Fortunately the tide was low at the time, and the Royal Engineers assisted by civilian navvies and some volunteers barely managed to temporarily block the gap before the tide rose. Had they not, much of Lower Belvedere would have been flooded as later happened in 1953. Considering the size of the explosion – it is estimated that something between 45 and 100 tons of gunpowder were detonated, the long term damage was pretty light, though the superintendent of Crossness Sewage Works did put in a grumpy claim for £150 for plate glass that had been damaged by the blast – this sounds like some very creative accounting on his part, as the works was still being constructed at the time, and did not actually go into operation until nearly a year later."

Perfect Harmony
27/10/2019

Perfect Harmony

There was a photo shoot today with four ladies of the Maconchy String Quartet; Maren Bosma, Eloise Macdonald, Joanna Patrick and Lilly Hope. Plus their photographer/artist Benjamin Deakin. The session went very well.

Steven
19/10/2019
Steven

Steven

All over the place on CBBC features Crossness.
Starts at 17:49

04/10/2019

Our next Family Open Day is 20th October

Dramatic skies over Crossness this afternoon #nofilter
01/10/2019

Dramatic skies over Crossness this afternoon #nofilter

Totally Thames
27/09/2019

Totally Thames

Lily German returns to lead her creative river walk from Woolwich to the stunning The Crossness Engines Trust Pumping Station. Draw your way with her guidance! bit.ly/320O7OR

Warming Prince Consort for today’s steaming opens 10:30AM
08/09/2019

Warming Prince Consort for today’s steaming opens 10:30AM

Getting ready for our next Open Day on Sunday, 8th September
06/09/2019

Getting ready for our next Open Day on Sunday, 8th September

Boiler fired up raising steam for today’s open day.    Prince Consort will be in steam
25/08/2019

Boiler fired up raising steam for today’s open day. Prince Consort will be in steam

Our volunteers are busy getting their hands dirty in pulling out all the stops to get Prince Consort in steam again for ...
22/08/2019

Our volunteers are busy getting their hands dirty in pulling out all the stops to get Prince Consort in steam again for this Sunday’s open day….Update to follow

A couple more photos from Claymills pumping station. A real gem located in Burton on Trent.
26/07/2019

A couple more photos from Claymills pumping station. A real gem located in Burton on Trent.

A lovely day to spend some time at an equally splendid pumping station #Claymills
25/07/2019

A lovely day to spend some time at an equally splendid pumping station #Claymills

13/07/2019
The Current War UK

See if you can spot our glorious pumping station.

On July 10th 1856 Nikola Tesla was born. He would go on to be one of the world's most radical and forward thinking inventors.

Watch Nicholas Hoult take on Nikola Tesla as he clashes with Benedict Cumberbatch's Edison. The Current War in cinemas July 26th.

03/04/2019
Tim

Come and visit. The next open day is the 14th April

I enjoyed my visit to the works on Sunday 31st March, 2019. Here is my montage of sights. Thanks for all the hard work that went into the restoration.

Join and help us lead this amazing team who have completed such phenomenal work. There is still lots of work to do. Regi...
20/03/2019
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Join and help us lead this amazing team who have completed such phenomenal work. There is still lots of work to do. Register your interest and come and discuss this amazing opportunity.

https://twitter.com/officialcause4/status/1108060810293792768?s=21

“Fantastic opportunity to join the Board at @CrossnessET and play a leading role in the promotion and protection of a unique Grade I listed #nationalheritagesite - register your interest today https://t.co/kfjEkeaio2 https://t.co/JLnE9nm7KJ”

http://www.crossness.org.uk/Come and visit and help us to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Baz...
16/03/2019
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Come and visit and help us to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette. . First open day of the year 31st March

Built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette for London's sewage system and opened in 1865, Crossness Pumping Station is a Grade 1 Listed building and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork found in the world today.​

Sir Joseph Bazalgette (28th March 1819 - 15th March 1891)made probably the single biggest contribution to the health of ...
13/03/2019

Sir Joseph Bazalgette (28th March 1819 - 15th March 1891)
made probably the single biggest contribution to the health of Victorian Londoners. It is because of his work that the Thames is now the cleanest metropolitan river in the world. He constructed an extensive network of enclosed sewers culminating on the south side of the river at Crossness Pumping Station. During 2019, at Crossness we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth. Come and visit and explore his amazing achievement. Details of open days are given on our website www.crossness.org.uk

Association of English Cathedrals
16/01/2019

Association of English Cathedrals

Wow!
Wait. What?
It's a sewage station?
Crossness Pumping Station aka the ‘#Cathedral of Sewage’
The Crossness Engines Trust Secret London
>> https://secretldn.com/crossness-pumping-station/

The Crossness Engines Trust's cover photo
15/01/2019

The Crossness Engines Trust's cover photo

During the time our Beam Engine House has been closed while we sorted out our structural problems, our amazing team of v...
04/01/2019

During the time our Beam Engine House has been closed while we sorted out our structural problems, our amazing team of volunteers have been avidly working on other projects. One of the projects is to build a 700 metre railway which will ultimately bring our visitors in style from the Thames Water entrance to the site to our iconic Beam Engine House. It will not just provide visitor museum transportation but will also be a valuable educational resource developed through an exciting programme of learning activities centred around our locomotive ‘Busy Basil’
Our volunteers have made significant progress and are now at the stage of needing funds to purchase rail track materials. Our crowdfunding page can be accessed at:-

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/rang-railway

We will be indebted to you if you are able to assist. It is an exciting time for us at Crossness.

The Crossness Engines Trust's cover photo
02/01/2019

The Crossness Engines Trust's cover photo

The Crossness Engines Trust's cover photo
02/01/2019

The Crossness Engines Trust's cover photo

The Crossness Engines Trust's cover photo
02/01/2019

The Crossness Engines Trust's cover photo

The Crossness Engines Trust's cover photo
02/01/2019

The Crossness Engines Trust's cover photo

The Crossness Engines Trust's cover photo
02/01/2019

The Crossness Engines Trust's cover photo

http://www.crossness.org.uk/Happy New Year to all of our volunteers, members and supporters.Exciting times at Crossness ...
02/01/2019
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Happy New Year to all of our volunteers, members and supporters.
Exciting times at Crossness as we are now avidly working to open again for the anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette at the end of March. The hope is that Prince Consort will be in steam for our first open day. We will keep you updated as we progress.
At the same time the work on our railway is progressing. View our crowdfunding page for up to date details.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/rang-railway

Built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette for London's sewage system and opened in 1865, Crossness Pumping Station is a Grade 1 Listed building and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork found in the world today.​

http://www.crossness.org.uk/Crossness Pumping Station has been saved. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped. We c...
20/12/2018
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Crossness Pumping Station has been saved. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped. We could not have done it without you.
Our first open day in 2019 is the 31st March for which we are working hard to hopefully get Prince Consort in steam.

Built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette for London's sewage system and opened in 1865, Crossness Pumping Station is a Grade 1 Listed building and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork found in the world today.​

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19/11/2018

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This World Toilet Day we'd like to give a shout out to the people who do the invaluable (and often thankless) task of keeping our toilets clean. Most especially to the amazing staff at the Jubiloo who have gone above and beyond over the last six years to be the highlight of our tours. #HonourOurCleaners #WorldToiletDay

http://www.crossness.org.uk/Thank you to our wonderful supporters. We have had amazing fundraising success in trying to ...
12/11/2018
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Thank you to our wonderful supporters. We have had amazing fundraising success in trying to obtain the massive amount of money needed to sort out our asbestos problem. We have a relatively small amount remaining to raise of £47,000. All help is gratefully received in order that we can complete our plans and open the Beam Engine House in March next year.

Built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette for London's sewage system and opened in 1865, Crossness Pumping Station is a Grade 1 Listed building and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork found in the world today.​

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Your support has been amazing. Our aim is to be open by March next year to...
11/11/2018
Crossness Pumping Station on MyDonate

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Your support has been amazing. Our aim is to be open by March next year to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette. We will not be able to thank you enough if you are able to help so that the work can be completed.

https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/crossnesspumpingstation

Thank you for visiting our profile page on MyDonate. Built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette and opened in 1865, Crossness Pumping Station was a key element...

http://totallythames.org/whats-onGet down to the river this September - @TotallyThamesUK is now open. This years program...
08/09/2018
Check out the Totally Thames programme

http://totallythames.org/whats-on

Get down to the river this September - @TotallyThamesUK is now open. This years programme is overflowing with arts, culture, heritage, archaeology, river events and much more. We are participating this year. See you on the walk to our site with artist Lily German on the 23rd September.

Check out the Totally Thames 2018 programme of events across September

We are still endeavouring to get the total funds needed to sort out our structural problems in order that we can open th...
28/08/2018
Crossness Pumping Station: A stunning remainder of Victorian engineering

We are still endeavouring to get the total funds needed to sort out our structural problems in order that we can open the Beam Engine House next year. All help will be gratefully received. Visit our website for details. www.crossness.org.uk

https://memoirsofametrogirl.com/2018/08/27/crossness-pumping-station-history-how-to-visit-review/

The word ‘sewage’ doesn’t bring up many positive associations. If we were to list the pros and cons of life, human waste is right at the bottom of the pile. It’s a subject w…

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