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The Shed goes to Crossness Pumping Station!

On Friday 1st November, Men in Sheds Bexley had our first outing to Crossness Pumping Station in Thamesmead.

Designed and build by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, Crossness was the main sewage system for Victorian London. It opened in 1865. The pumping station is now a Grade 1 Listed building and is known for its beautifully decorative cast ironwork. The engines and building are being restored by a very dedicated team of volunteers.

Our members were treated to a history talk and tour around the site. We were very lucky to also be shown the Valve House which stores the repaired small engines and the railway train. A massive thank you to the Crossness team and volunteers for making our visit such an enjoyable day!

The Men in Sheds members thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would definitely recommend a visit. For more information about Crossness Pumping Station, please visit:

Below are some pictures from our trip..

The restored and beautiful cast ironwork

A demonstration on how the sewage system works and travels from central London to Crossness

Members taking a look at the railway and train

A view of the station from the top floor

Members being shown a model of the Crossness site

Our members enamoured by the small engines in the Valve House

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