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Full steam ahead for Victorian engine open day in Abbey Wood

PUBLISHED: 16:50 29 September 2010

Crossness trustee Mike Jones

Crossness trustee Mike Jones

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Residents will get a sneak preview of Grade I listed Victorian engines currently closed to the public due to major restoration work.

Crossness Engines, at Crossness Sewage Treatment Works, Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood, the only Grade I listed industrial building in south east London apart from Tower Bridge, closed last August for restoration and for volunteers to develop a new exhibition. But even though the buildings are not due to open until next summer, residents will be able to view the progress on Sunday while also seeing one of the huge engines running under the power of steam. Trustee Mick Jones said: “Work has already been completed on the roofs of all the buildings and the internal walls of the Boiler House, which was built in the 1950s and which have been removed to reveal the extent of the original building. But more is to come and a new exhibition is planned. Expect big changes.

“As well as children, this Crossness steam day will appeal to engineering and steam buffs, not to mention those into our industrial heritage, local history and indeed anyone who enjoys a spectacle and has a sense of wonder.”

There will be an opportunity to learn more about the site which was like a small village half a century ago. Some of the workforce lived there and their children were educated in a school building which also doubled as a church.

Doors open from 10.30am to 5pm with the last admission at 4pm. Tickets are £5 and admission for children under 16 is free. The open day is part of The Story of London Festival which consists of a series of events aimed at celebrating the capital’s rich and varied history. The festival starts tomorrow and lasts throughout October. For more information, visit www.london.gov.uk/priorities/art-culture/storyoflondon.

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