United Kingdom Crossness Pumping Station

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Alexandra Sharrock

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This is an Old Victorian sewage pumping station. It is open to the public on certain days of the year. You need to book well in advance.
It can be very crowded and there are areas roped off. You must wear flat shoes to go put to the first and second floors as the floor is open ironwork, you must also wear a hard hat and safety glasses (Hard hat & safety glasses provided within cost of ticket )

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The Crossness Pumping Station is a former sewage pumping station designed by the Metropolitan Board of Works's chief engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette and architect Charles Henry Driver. It is located at Crossness Sewage Treatment Works, at the eastern end of the Southern Outfall Sewer and the Ridgeway path in the London Borough of Bexley. Constructed between 1859 and 1865 by William Webster, as part of Bazalgette's redevelopment of the London sewerage system, it features spectacular ornamental cast ironwork, that Nikolaus Pevsner described as "a masterpiece of engineering – a Victorian cathedral of ironwork".

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