History fair at first steam day of the year at Crossness Pumping Station
PUBLISHED: 12:16 16 April 2012
History buffs are in for a treat on Sunday with the first steam day at of the year at the Victorian pumping works at Crossness which is also hosting Bexley's annual local history fair.
History buffs are in for a treat on Sunday with the first steam day at of the year at the Victorian pumping works at Crossness which is also hosting Bexley’s annual local history fair.
Visitors will be able to look round the historic Victorian pumps on Sunday (April 22) and admire the spectacular iron work which decorates the buildings. They can also meet local history experts at the fair which will be held in the Boiler House where they can pick up tips to help them pursue their own interest in history and tracking down family history.
Volunteers have been restoring the Victorian pumps which formed a key part of Joseph Bazalgette’s sewerage system which ended London’s ‘Great Stink’ of 1858 as well as helping to eliminate diseases like cholera which killed 20,000 people annually.
Restoration work has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and the Homes and Communities Agency and so far the roofs of the buildings have been restored and internal walls of the 1950s Boiler House have been removed to reveal the extent of the original building.
A new exhibition is in the pipeline to show visitors future plans.
Admission is free to the history fair and tickets to the beam engine house to see the Prince Consort steam driven pump in operation cost £5, with free entry for the under 15s.
The event at Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood, runs from 10.30am until 4pm and visitors are advised to wear flat shoes.
A mini-bus service will operate from Abbey Wood BR station to the Crossness site at approximately 30 minute intervals. The first bus will leave Abbey Wood station at 10.15am and the last bus will depart from the Crossness site at 5pm.
Further details are available from www.crossness.org.uk, 020 8311 3711